Low Income Students are Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools

For the first time in recent history, a majority of the nation’s public school students are from lower income families. That’s the finding of the most recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which noted a striking increase over just a few decades. In 1989 for example, less than 32 percent of public school students were low-income. By 2000, the national rate had hit 38 percent. But the most marked rise has been over the last 15 years. Today 51% of public school students are from low-income families.

Charting the Downs and Ups of US Income Inequality

NPR recently released an interactive chart which clearly demonstrates the growing US income inequality over the last 100 years. But what it shows best is the two major trends the century has followed.

The scatter plot charts average income for the bottom 90% of earners on one axis, and the average income for the top 1% on the other. (For comparison purposes all figures are inflation adjusted to 2012 dollars)

Compared to the US: What Percentage Income Are You?

With all the talk about the 1% in recent months, it’s been pretty common to wonder where we all measure up compared to that famous percentage of wealth. To help answer the question, the New York Times has put out two graphics analyzing what the wealth distribution of the nation really looks like. The first is a detailed interactive graphic allowing you to directly compare your household income to the national average, state averages and even your local county. By inputting your household income, the graphic generates your percentage compared to the area you select. The second graphic, a colorful grid, examines which professions hold the highest percentage and number of 1 percent-ers in that field in the nation.

The Overworked American

In the past 20 years, the U.S. economy has grown a staggering 60 percent, yet workers salaries have not kept pace. The country that once claimed “the best standard of living in the world” now has a workforce that rarely sees anything more than a 7 day vacation each year… if those workers choose to take time off. This infographic done in collaboration with Column Five and GOOD, looks at the U.S. workforce and how it stacks up compared to other western countries.