Economic Inequality in San Francisco

About San Francisco

Located in Northern California, San Francisco is a cultural hub. Throughout its history, San Francisco has been home to many progressive and new ideas, and it was one of the first cities to see the emergence of the counterculture in the 60s. Its population is around 900,000, making it the 13th largest city in the US. The city is divided into neighborhoods and districts, and there are many different types of transportation(ferry, cable car, etc.)


On average, how much wealthier do you think the highest class in a society is than the lowest class in a society?

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Economic Inequality Background

Economic inequality is the disparity in economic situations within groupings of people. It is largely tied to how much income a person or family earns, which relates the problem of economic inequality to the wage gap. When assessing the economic situation within a large demographic, groups or classes are normally formed. The 1% exemplify the people with the highest income and wealth in the demographic. There are multiple classes within middle class, which makes up everyone who with average income/wealth. The lowest class is poverty, and this is the people that fall below the poverty line. A common metric for determining the extent of inequality within a demographic is the difference in income and wealth between the 1% and people under the poverty line, because it shows a complete range of economic situations under that demographic.

Economic Inequality in San Francisco

San Francisco is an example of a large city that faces the issue of economic inequality. In 2013 the 1% earned an estimated 44 times what everybody else made, on average, which was most in California. Many think that this issue stems from jobs and wages. Many of the 1% made their money from Silicon Valley and through technology opportunities, which has inflated their wealth and income assessment. On the other side, many of the remaining jobs are low paying, which causes such an apparent wage gap. With this app, I hope to inform people of why this issue exists, why they should care about it, and potential things that can be done to help. This will be accomplished through research to provide information, and links to organization where they can learn and do more.

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