In 2016, economic inequality remains one of the most pressing issues facing New York. Despite growing overall economic prosperity, New York continues to struggle with high rates of poverty. And while New York is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country, many New Yorkers can barely afford to meet their basic needs. Income inequality in New York City has surpassed the national average and New York State now has the second highest level of income inequality of any state in the country.
This report was prepared by the Center for Popular Democracy and Make the Road New York. It was written by Kate Hamaji and edited by Connie Razza (CPD), Theo Oshiro and Daniel Altschuler (Make the Road New York).