Gini Index

GINI Index

The Gini index, developed more than a century ago, is the most common measure of income inequality among households, with zero representing total income equality and 1 representing total inequality. TN ranks 38th.

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Household Income

Household Income

The median annual household income in the United States in 2016 was $58,552. The 2016 Census found Maryland ranking No. 1, with a median household income of $78,945. Mississippi had the lowest, $41,754. The calculations used in the evaluation of household income show that, regionally, New England enjoyed the highest median household income – $70,501 – and the Southeast the lowest median income – $51,050. TN ranks 43rd.

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Low Food Insecurity

Low Food Insecurity

More than one in eight Americans suffered from food insecurity – children and adults alike who don’t get adequate nutrition, according to the organization Feeding America, in 2015. More than half of the top-10 rated states for economic opportunity in America also had among the lowest rates of food insecurity. North Dakota ranked No. 1, with a rate of 7.7 percent, and New Hampshire No. 2, with a rate of 9.7 percent. Mississippi ranked lowest, with 21.5 percent of households experiencing food insecurity. Regionally, New England on average had the lowest rate – 11.3 percent – and the Southwest the highest – 15.8 percent. TN ranks 37th.

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Low Poverty rate

Low Poverty Rate

In 2016, the Census Bureau reported, there were 40.6 million people living in poverty in the United States– about 12.7 percent of the population. In the metrics evaluating poverty in the rankings for opportunity, the state with the lowest percentage of households living beneath the poverty line in 2016 was New Hampshire: 7.3 percent. Another state highly ranked for its opportunity for citizens, Maryland, ranked third, with a rate of 9.7 percent. The states with the highest percentages of people living in poverty were Mississippi – 20.8 percent – and Louisiana – 20.2 percent. Regionally, New England states had the lowest rates – 10.4 percent on average – and Southeastern states the highest rates – 16 percent on average. TN ranks 40th.

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