9 American cities with the worst income inequality

  • 3. Providence, Rhode Island

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    This New England city has an income inequality ratio of 16.7. Residents in the 20th percentile earn $12,118 per year, while those in the 95th percentile take home median annual pay of $202,021.

    Worker advocates are pushing to boost Rhode Island's minimum wage to $15 an hour from its current $10.10, arguing that many families in the state are working multiple jobs to make ends meet.

    Last year, Providence installed "giving meters" to encourage residents to donate to the poor and to discourage panhandling. They look like parking meters but are designed to collect donations.