“The Demography of Inequality in the United States” is a PRB Population Bulletin that investigates the intersection between demography and inequality in the United States, with a focus on regional patterns and differences by age, race/ethnicity, gender, and family structure. The Population Bulletin stresses the importance of closing gaps in education to put the next generation of workers and their children on a path to succeed in the labor force and advance the U.S. economy.


The Backdrop: Rising Inequality
Where Poverty and Inequality Intersect
The Generational Divide
Persistent Racial/Ethnic Gaps
Women Making Progress, But Gaps Remain
Education: The Great Equalizer?
Looking Ahead

<!–U.S. Poverty What-If Scenario ›
The U.S. population is undergoing significant racial/ethnic change, with some of the fastest-growing groups lagging behind other groups on important measures of well-being, such as poverty. Using the Census Bureau’s three series of population projections, you can explore the potential impact of maintaining or eliminating racial and ethnic gaps on the number of people in poverty across three key age groups: children, working-age adults, and the elderly.

Interactive State-Level Graphics (launches in a pop-up) ›
In many states and local areas, poverty and inequality have increased in tandem in many years. Use PRB’s interactive Tableau graphics to compare patterns of poverty and inequality in each state, and how these patterns have changed over time.