According to the World Inequality Report 2018, inequality within world regions varies greatly. In 2016, the share of total national income accounted for by just that nation’s top 10% earners (top 10% income share) was 37% in Europe, 41% in China, 46% in Russia, 47% in US-Canada, and around 55% in sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, and India. In the Middle East, the world’s most unequal region according to our estimates, the top 10% capture 61% of national income.
Million People in the U.S.
U.S. Economic Inequality
Households in the lowest quintile had incomes of $24,638 or less in 2017. Households in the second quintile had incomes from $24,639 to $47,110, those in the third quintile had incomes from $47,111 to $77,552, and those in the fourth quintile had incomes from $77,553 to $126,855. Households in the highest quintile had incomes of $126,856 or more. The top 5 percent of households in the income distribution had incomes of $237,035 or more. Source: US Census Bureau
Global Economic Inequality
People living on less than $1.90-a-day, Extreme Poverty, International Poverty Line, World Bank's Upper Middle-Income and Lower Middle-Income country poverty lines correspond to $5.50 and $3.20 per person per day, Middle class defined as earning between $13 and $70-a-day (2011 PPP). [Source: The World Bank]