By Mark Abadi/Business Insider
March 21, 2018

The gap between rich Americans and poor Americans has been a cause for concern in the United States for decades.

But although that gap has gotten significantly worse since the 1970s, income inequality is not the same across each state.

Careers data site Zippia used data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to rank all 50 states by income inequality.

The states are ranked by their Gini coefficient, a commonly used metric that quantifies income inequality on a scale from one to 100. The lower the score, the more equal the income distribution — a score of 100 would mean that one person controls all the wealth in an economy.

As a country, the US fares pretty poorly when it comes to income inequality: according to the CIA Factbook, the US has the 40th highest level of inequality out of 150 countries — around the same level as Jamaica, Peru, and Cameroon.

Within the US, there are some clear trends: the states with the least inequality tended to be western states and states with low populations, while the most inequality occurred in high-population states and southern states.

The results line up with previous research that showed that people in the South have much lower odds of moving from the lowest income bracket to the highest, and that people in the West have the best chances of doing the same.

Analysis from political geographer Richard Morrill showed that areas like the South, where income inequality was more pronounced, also have high minority populations. Meanwhile, heavily homogenous areas with high Germanic and Scandinavian populations — like the West — tended to have the most income equality, he found.

Read on to see how your state stacks up against the rest:

50. Alaska

Gini coefficient: 41.74

49. Utah

Gini coefficient: 42.61

48. Wyoming

Gini coefficient: 42.79

47. New Hampshire

Gini coefficient: 43.44

46. Hawaii

Gini coefficient: 43.69

45. Nebraska

Gini coefficient: 44.20

44. Iowa

Gini coefficient: 44.22

T-42. Vermont

Gini coefficient: 44.35

T-42. Wisconsin

Gini coefficient: 44.35

41. South Dakota

Gini coefficient: 44.38

40. Idaho

Gini coefficient: 44.57

39. Delaware

Gini coefficient: 44.88

38. Minnesota

Gini coefficient: 44.90

37. Indiana

Gini coefficient: 44.94

36. Maryland

Gini coefficient: 45.13

35. Maine

Gini coefficient: 45.15

34. Nevada

Gini coefficient: 45.22

33. Kansas

Gini coefficient: 45.55

32. Washington

Gini coefficient: 45.60

31. North Dakota

Gini coefficient: 45.86

30. Montana

Gini coefficient: 45.87

29. Colorado

Gini coefficient: 45.90

28. Oregon

Gini coefficient: 46.12

27. West Virginia

Gini coefficient: 46.21

26. Missouri

Gini coefficient: 46.32

25. Ohio

Gini coefficient: 46.41

24. Michigan

Gini coefficient: 46.48

23. Oklahoma

Gini coefficient: 46.52

22. Virginia

Gini coefficient: 46.73

21. Pennsylvania

Gini coefficient: 46.80

20. Arizona

Gini coefficient: 46.82

19. South Carolina

Gini coefficient: 46.90

18. Arkansas

Gini coefficient: 47.08

17. Rhode Island

Gini coefficient: 47.38

16. Kentucky

Gini coefficient: 47.41

15. North Carolina

Gini coefficient: 47.48

14. New Mexico

Gini coefficient: 47.54

13. Alabama

Gini coefficient: 47.69

12. New Jersey

Gini coefficient: 47.82

11. Tennessee

Gini coefficient: 47.86

10. Illinois

Gini coefficient: 47.89

9. Mississippi

Gini coefficient: 47.99

8. Texas

Gini coefficient: 48.03

7. Georgia

Gini coefficient: 48.16

6. Massachusetts

Gini coefficient: 48.26

5. Florida

Gini coefficient: 48.52

4. California

Gini coefficient: 48.80

3. Louisiana

Gini coefficient: 49.03

2. Connecticut

Gini coefficient: 49.47

1. New York

Gini coefficient: 51.02

This article originally appeared in BusinessInsider.com.

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