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Here’s What Wealth Inequality Looks Like in the US

America, we have a problem.

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It’s no secret there’s a huge wealth gap in the United States. With inflation on the rise and the minimum wage remaining fixed at the rate it was set almost 15 years ago, more and more Americans are struggling to afford rent, food, and medical care. A disproportionately large number of people own just a sliver of the country’s wealth. 

Some have been unaffected by recessions and higher costs of living, but just how big is the gap between those at the top and those who toil to make rent? It’s difficult to imagine, so graphic designer Randy Coffey used data from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College to create some visual interpretations of what that could look like. 

The results are mind-boggling. What would you do with those bundles of cash?

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