Atlanta leads nation in gap between rich and poor

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the growing income gap in America between the rich and the poor.

Turns out the the gap is larger in Atlanta than in any other big city  in America, Reuters reports.

Also making the list is Athens-Clarke County, home of UGA and the Dawgs, which ranked sixth on the list.

Atlanta’s No. 1, followed by New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

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Ari Northington

October 27th, 2011
8:41 am

Headline says it all.

Ken

October 27th, 2011
8:42 am

The difference between above and below I-20 demonstrates our gap and the political divide within the state. It’s almost like a mini Civil War all over again.

Rich Black

October 27th, 2011
8:42 am

No it doesn’t.

LOL

October 27th, 2011
8:46 am

Someone should tell the “poor” they actually have to work to make money. Tired of standing lines at stores watching people buy nail products, makeup, and other stuff with food stamps.

onechris

October 27th, 2011
8:46 am

This is not surprising! Sad but not a shock.

Butch Cassidy

October 27th, 2011
8:48 am

LOL – “Tired of standing lines at stores watching people buy nail products, makeup, and other stuff with food stamps.”

Hey, JP Morgan/Chase is the largest supplier of EBT cards, someone has to keep my shares profitable.

Kareem

October 27th, 2011
8:48 am

Where da white women?

Tom G

October 27th, 2011
8:55 am

Kareem – I saw the perfect woman for you at the Occupy Atl protest. She was white also!

PerPlexed

October 27th, 2011
8:57 am

You gon eat yo cornbread!!!!!!!!!!!

the TRUTH

October 27th, 2011
8:57 am

With a large Black population that doenst want to work, what did you exspect. Obama will provide, hows that workin for yah?

Vince

October 27th, 2011
8:59 am

We’re Number 1!
We’re Number 1!

Buck

October 27th, 2011
9:00 am

The Bible tells us that the poor will always be amongst us. And we certainly should help those who are truly in need. But a good percentage of the “poor” in this city and this nation are that way due to the bad choices they have made in their lives. It is very sad that hard work and self-reliance is no longer the way most Americans strive to live their lives!

the TRUTH

October 27th, 2011
9:00 am

Mandatory Drug Testing for anyone on Public/Government Assistance, and stop having babies by multiple looosers.

Buzz G

October 27th, 2011
9:00 am

The great divide has been accentuated by illegal aliens. They sneak across the border in large numbers, coming from places of extreme poverty. They generally have few marketable skills and don’t speak the language. They end up taking the lowest paying jobs like mowing lawns, washing dishes and plucking chickens. They have no health insurance so they end up going to the emergency room, and when their frequent babies arrive, we have to pay for them. These statistics show just one more reason why we need a fence on our southern border. Wake up Washington.

Illegal alien labor is cheap only to the employer.

Art

October 27th, 2011
9:02 am

I will look forward to seeing the statistics. Since 2005 when the economy began contracting and northern cities were collapsing several occurences combined to bring catastrophe to Atlanta.

1. A huge amount of poverty ridden, uneducated,crime oriented people came to metro Atlanta from northern areas and Louisiana(70,000 from Katrina 2005).

2. The build up also began in earnest with the unlimited stream of illegals which have now covered every county of our state like locusts inundating our schools and creating unsustainable costs which threaten to collapse many school districts(450,000 estimated by AJC 7./2011)

3. The collapsed housing industry in which metro Atlanta one of most overbuilt in USA (Las Vegas # 1 and Atlanta #2 took away 100,000 jobs alone. With an excess of 15,000,000 empty units nationwide this area will not recover for years. price collapses of 50% common in many areas of Atlanta for homes and more stringent credit conditions mean 95% of applicants turned down for new mortgages

4. A mass exodus has occured of young white 20 somethings college and skilled employees to other parts of nation and even other countries(200 teachers to other countries AJC 8/2011)Graduates flock to pro work areas Austin Texas and Rick Perry dynamic state AJC 9/2011
black assault in Buckhead kills one young white women and injures severely another young white woman 8/2011 AJC. Crime like this should not be tolerated and continues to drive whites from this area.

Combine these trends and you will see the arrow continue to drive down income due to stratification of education , abilty and jobs now available in the lower economic service oriented economy called greater Metro Atlanta.

Tom C

October 27th, 2011
9:08 am

I love these IN-DEPTH stories in the AJC. I feel like I have all the details after such total coverage of the story. Thanks AJC. Now I’m going to go read a real newspaper: The New York Times

logical thinker

October 27th, 2011
9:09 am

@ LOL, you cant buy nail products and makeup with food stamps (ebt card) such ignorance, hopefully your job never lays you off genius

logical thinker

October 27th, 2011
9:13 am

And Art is blaming every minority for this problem as if there are no profesional college graduated minorities in this world…..sweet ga….I tell you

RAMZAD

October 27th, 2011
9:13 am

LOL:

You are an inveterate liar. Food Stamps can’t be used to buy nail polish. Food Stamps can only be used to buy food. Your “tired” is an effort to bring rhetoric to support your propaganda.

For your information, the poor are also people with three kids and two jobs.

I bet you are one of the blood suckers who believe that the poor should be on a plantation working for bucky Massa from sun up till sundown for food and a place to stay and regular beatings.

Get your head out- bed bug.

And the rich will get another tax break

October 27th, 2011
9:14 am

Enter your comments here

Rayzer

October 27th, 2011
9:15 am

IF THE “POOR”SPENT AS MUCH TIME AND ENERGY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT AS THEY DO SEEKING THEIR NEXT HIT OF CRACK, THIS POVERTY TO RICH GAP WOULD CHANGE.

duder

October 27th, 2011
9:15 am

Someone got shot trying to rob a mansion on West Paces Ferry….awesome!

PJ

October 27th, 2011
9:16 am

I’m surprised. I would not be surprised to hear that ATL is near the top, but I wouldn’t expect it to be #1. I would expect that to be New York or LA, where I perceive there to be more extreme wealth. Every big city has some extreme poverty, but the size of the gap is going to be determined by the difference between the lowest poverty and the highest wealth. I thought there were other cities with people much richer than in ATL.

tired of nonsense

October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

@Art: You’re a serious racist and need help. Nice attempt at rational analysis, well organized nonsense, but, nonsense nevertheless. Keep your vision focused on the bottom like this, never look at the overriding causes, the functioning of the plutocratic dictatorship of the rich and the disenfranchisement of the people. Your smugness knows no bounds, but you are losing your position of white supremacy and, like it or not, your children and grandchildren will be living in a world in which white people are no longer the majority culture. Hopefully they will be able to adapt better than you.

Flash

October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

The Truth and Art you both are such fools your parents were such fools to raise you this way be careful where you go with your wacked thoughts but you both are only talking your no fool.

jd

October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

I EARNED my assets and income by working for them. What did the rest of these fools do to earn so little? Live off my taxes paid by their fairy godmother, the government. Have they no shame? Can’t they just immolate?

logical thinker

October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

@ The Truth when all else fails blame it on black people and Obama…..(who is 50% white raised by his white mother in white communities by the way)………..and further more its called EXPECT not EXSPECT….(epic fail….genius)….i’m sure you’re on the lower in of the economic divide, and you have no excuses…..

Junior

October 27th, 2011
9:19 am

@RAMZAD

“For your information, the poor are also people with three kids and two jobs.”

Don’t have children if you can’t afford to raise them…don’t ask me to pay for your choice to have children.

Quantavius

October 27th, 2011
9:20 am

Sure, I don’t see any stereotyping in these posts.

zeke

October 27th, 2011
9:21 am

If the government(s) would stop financing unemployment, child birth, welfare, these gaps would tighten and a growing middle class would again power the economy! It is not that the rich are getting richer, which they are, but, the fact that the government dole has made the middle class and poor, poorer with the socialist moronic policies and programs! The government programs have caused a drastic loss of middle income families and individuals! More power to the successful, the so called rich, I WANT TO BE IN THAT GROUP ONE DAY!!!

Idea

October 27th, 2011
9:22 am

Education is the key to improvement. Excellent times to get motivated to improve yourself.

nonsense

October 27th, 2011
9:25 am

Logical you are funny. You point out someone’s spelling error while your post is riddled with grammatical errors (e.g., “i’m sure you’re on the lower in of the economic divide…”). And by the way, it is not hard to trade food stamps for cash.

Quantavius

October 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Education is a farce. 30K for the average degree. I don’t think kids should be going to college unless they can afford it.

#occupy my desk...

October 27th, 2011
9:26 am

I am such a sinner. All this time I didn’t realize that my ambition and determination were hurting people. Somewhere along the lines, my success became greed.

Do us all a favor and have a seat!!!

October 27th, 2011
9:27 am

For all of you racist idiots on here, I guess you failed to do your research because poor whites are the majority of people on welfare. Its easy to tell someone to go out and get a job and please tell me how that is possible when these imaginary jobs that you speak of don’t exist here.

logical thinker

October 27th, 2011
9:28 am

touche’ nonsense…..I will give you that one but your point is????

MARTA Rida

October 27th, 2011
9:29 am

The large income gap is the cause of uneven employment distribution across the metro. South of I-20, good paying jobs are hard to come by and many people don’t have the means to commute without mass transit. Increase mass transit and this will help to reduce the income gap by providing easier access to employment opportunities.
Without income supplements the crime rate in this country would sky rocket. Be glad that there are EBT and social security income because without people would do anything to get food. When someone doesn’t have anything to lose, they don’t care and will do anything to get the necessities.

RAMZAD

October 27th, 2011
9:29 am

Junior:

The three kids did not arrive yesterday. The parents had a job, a place to live. A position in their church. A post on the PTA…Fact is that the kids are here and they are American kids. I suppose you would like to send the kids back with the illegal immigrants. You are another racist disgruntled fool.

Your problem is that white people is a depleting population and very soon we will have to search hard to find a white person.

Uncle Ruckus

October 27th, 2011
9:30 am

You can thank Dr. Hall for that! It all starts with POOR education.

nonsense

October 27th, 2011
9:31 am

Quantavius, that line of thinking is exactly why other countries are churning out smarter and more qualified people than the U.S. By your thinking, I guess the poor will always remain poor since they can’t afford to go to college.

BSandwich

October 27th, 2011
9:32 am

Thank you Idea!

Liberal Elite

October 27th, 2011
9:33 am

“It is not that the rich are getting richer, which they are…”

Zeke, you’re definitely in the running for dumbest statement of the day.

Straight Talk

October 27th, 2011
9:34 am

The statistic is confirmation that America’s capitalist system provides the greatest opportunity on the face of the earth for all of us to become rich [however you define rich]. Money knows no color, social or religious restrictions. There is no guarantee of wealth only the opportunity to acquire it. We have people in our country who are truly unable – due to debilitating physical or mental conditions – to take advantage of this opportunity. To those folks we must continue to extend a helping hand. However, most of the folks – whatever their color, class or social situation – who we are asked to believe are victims because they are not well off financially have decided not to work for it but want it be given to them. A great example of someone who overcame many obstacles to become wealthy is Herman Cain. He is a black man who was born into poverty but who chose to make the commitment and work for years to overcome them is Atlanta Herman Cain. His new book is a great instruction manual on how to overcome adversity and major obstacles in life to get to where you want to be: http://www.amazon.com/This-Herman-Cain-Journey-White/dp/1451666136/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319722085&sr=1-1 . After Herman is nominated to run for President in the November 2012 election against President Obama the race card will finally be off the table as it should be. At that point the voters of this great country will be able to follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision in his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and judge the two candidates “not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.” Herman Cain will make a great President for all of us – rich, poor and in between.

GG

October 27th, 2011
9:35 am

It does not surprise me that its #1, I have never seen so much poor white trash until I came to GA, they want to blame these statistics on African Americans and Mexicans when its actully in their own backyard, if you don’t believe take a drive 40 miles in either direction outside of Atlanta.

Art

October 27th, 2011
9:35 am

9:24 am 10/27

for all the readers of this post around 9:00am was from articles published by the AJC. Are you saying you do not believe in the published articles by a black oriented newspaper? who said anything about race and you have no idea if I am black white or possibly hispanic or oriental?

Bert

October 27th, 2011
9:38 am

This article should not confused with the metro area but with the city itself. From the same source report from the Census (which is not being sensationalized in the article reported by AJC), METRO ATLANTA is #23 with the income disparity being LOWER THAN THE US ESTIMATE as a whole. The top 5 metro areas as reported by Census is NY, Miami, LA, Houston and Memphis.

Hey poor people....

October 27th, 2011
9:38 am

pj

October 27th, 2011
9:39 am

and many venters are so skeptical of the Occupy movement, including in Atlanta. Are you starting to get it now?

Quantavius

October 27th, 2011
9:41 am

Nonsense, just so you know, the poor have the best chance of getting a free ride to college. (pell grants, etc.) It really hurts the middle class charging so much for a higher education.

WTT

October 27th, 2011
9:42 am

Those who were born to families who benefited from free slave labor, denial of education, systemic injustice, beatings, hangings, watching the american dream realized by only you, get over yourself. I don’t hear anyone poor people complaining about your benefits (until now), tax breaks, insider benefits, nepotism, corruption, providing drugs to poor communities and the list goes on and on…much more costly than a food stamp.