WASHINGTON (AP) — The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities, according to a new study.
A newly released study by the Washington-based Brookings Institution finds the economic divides in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are significantly greater than the national average.
Not all the 50 largest cities are bastions of inequality. Some Western and Sun Belt cities with smaller downtowns had a noticeably smaller divide than the national average.
The study report says these cities, such as Mesa, Ariz., and Arlington, Texas, are essentially "overgrown suburbs" that tend to attract neither the highest-paying jobs nor the extreme poverty of the older cities.
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