Top 10 cities for smallest income inequality gap (10 items)

By , Deseret News

March 13, 2014

1 of 10. West Jordan, Utah

Income Ratio: 6.67
Total Population: 108,390
Median Household Income: $65,936

Utah’s fourth-largest city grew at a rate of 52.8 percent between 2000 and 2010 when the national average was 9.7 percent. Despite its rapid growth, the city named after the River Jordan in Israel has the best income equality in the country.

2 of 10. Thornton, Colo.

Income Ratio: 7.19
Total Population: 124,131
Median Household Income: $60,972

This healthy economic suburb of Denver grew at a rate of 44 percent between 2000 and 2010. Thornton is the sixth-most populous city in Colorado and is within a 45 mile radius of nine major universities.

3 of 10. Surprise, Ariz.

Income Ratio: 7.30
Total Population: 121,276
Median Household Income: $59,553

Although Surprise is only the second-fastest growing city in Arizona, it grew by an astounding 281 percent between 2000 and 2010. In 1938, the city was founded by Flora Mae Statler. She claimed she named it Surprise as she "would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.” I guess she was wrong as it is the third-most income equal city in the United States.

4 of 10. West Valley City, Utah

Income Ratio: 7.79
Total Population: 132,431
Median Household Income: $48,518

This suburb of Salt Lake City is Utah’s second-largest city that boasts 4,500 businesses and 25 schools. West Valley City is home to the Maverik Center, the Utah Grizzlies hockey team and the USANA Amphitheater.

5 of 10. Frisco, Texas

Income Ratio: 7.96
Total Population: 128,171
Median Household Income: $111,687

This suburb of Dallas has grown 247 percent in the past decade. Its high median household income and its rapid growth in population is a sign of a great economy and job market.
1. RBB
Sandy, UT,
March 15, 2014

I would rather live in West Jordan than West Valley not because it is slightly more equal, but because the medium income is nearly $20,000 higher. That being said I would rather live in a city with greater inequality if the median income was much higher. I am more concerned about my family's standard of living than I've am stressed that someone out they may be getting rich. Unfortunately, there are some who would rather have everyone make the same even if that means that the standard of living is reduced for the majority of people.

2. Howard Beal
Provo, UT,
March 15, 2014

So let me see, you take some bedroom communities where everyone lives in a similar sized house and all of sudden you have income equality. This would be more relevant if they merely looked at metro areas. I would be curious to see how Salt Lake compared to NYC or Chicago or Phoenix etc.