2008 Oregon Statewide Income Distribution

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The red line shows the share of income held by each centile (1%) of population. A perfectly egalitarian distribution would follow the 45 degree blue line from the lower left corner to the upper right corner.

Any real world distibution would fall short. The question is how much. The Gini coefficient measures the amount of area between perfect equality (the 45 degree blue line) and the actual distribution of income along the red line.

The Gini coefficient for the State of Oregon in 2008 equalled 0.45.

Source of data: 2008 American Community Survey, Public Use Micro Sample.

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