Special Report: Inside the Great Divide

THE NUMBERS ARE STARK: Fairfield County has the greatest gap between rich and poor of any region in America. Over the past year, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers followed four people of different income levels to see how they experience “The Great Divide” in their daily lives. Their profiles will appear on four consecutive Sundays.

Part 1: Single mother faces unrelenting family struggles in affluent Greenwich
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art 2: Despite economic setbacks, immigrant remains confident in future
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art 3: Urban school’s best runner tries to step it up for chance at better life
Part 4: In the shadow of Stamford’s skyline, a small business is born

The top 10 U.S. metro areas ranked by inequality

Below, America’s top 10 metro regions in terms of income inequality, based on what economists call the Gini coefficient.

1- BRIDGEPORT-STAMFORD-NORWALK
2- Naples-Marco Island, Fla.
3- College Station-Bryan, Texas
4- Gainesville, Fla.
5-  Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
6- Athens-Clarke County, Ga.
7- Midland, Texas
8- New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.
9- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla.
10- Morgantown, W.Va.

Do you think the wealth gap is cause for concern? Take the poll and tell us what you think in the comment section below.

WEEK 4 POLL

Overall, how are things going economically for you and your family?

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Which of the following best describes your current economic situation?

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Which, if any, of the following concern you a lot?

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Have you or a member of your family had any of the following happen to you in the past few years?

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WEEK 3 POLL

Which of the following do you feel best describes the current state of the US economy?

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There has been increasing debate about the income gap between the richest 1% and the other 99%. Do you feel this income gap is, or is not, a serious problem in the US?

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Do you feel that education plays a role in either widening or narrowing the wealth gap?

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WEEK 2 POLL

 

Do you feel you have been climbing the income ladder, staying in about the same place, or slipping down the income ladder?

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Do you feel you have the ability to increase your income and wealth?

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Which of the following do you feel has more to do with the income gap between those with the highest incomes and others?

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Do you feel the wealth gap is mostly just a political issue, or do you feel it is something that impacts people like yourself?

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WEEK 1 POLL

As you may know, Conn., and in particular Fairfield County, has one of the highest income, or wealth, gaps in the nation. Do you feel this gap is very apparent, somewhat apparent, or not apparent

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Which of the following best describes your attitude toward those who have the highest incomes in Connecticut?

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Do you feel sometimes that people are resentful because you have a higher income?

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Do you sometimes take steps so that you don’t appear to be flaunting your relative wealth to others?

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Jeff Bustraan