NH-VT Slugfest: The Richest One Percent
There's a big difference between Grafton County, NH and Orange County, VT
Unless you believe the growing income gap between the top 1 percent and everyone else is a good thing, Slugfest Round 2 goes to Vermont. The Green Mountain State is less affluent than the Granite State, as The Observer reported in Round 1, but there is also less of a difference between Vermont's top earners and everyone else in the state. Before examining the stats for Vermont, New Hampshire and the U.S.A as assembled by the Economic Policy Institute, let's drill deeper into the Upper Valley data at the county level.
There are 3,064 counties in the U.S.A and Grafton County, New Hampshire ranks 102 on the list of income inequality. (Teton County, WY, the most unequal, is ranked number 1.) Grafton County's one-percenters earn almost 29 percent more than everyone else in the county. By comparison Orange County, Vermont (ranked 2,533) is one is one of the nation's most equal locations in terms of income disparity. Orange Country's one-percenters earned only 10 times more than everyone else. In Sullivan County, New Hampshire (#685) the one percenters earned 17 times more than the 99-percenters. The one-percenters of Windsor County, Vermont (#1,129) earned almost 15 times more than everybody else.
INCOME INEQUALITY IN VERMONT