Over the past year we have heard the media frequently use the term "99%." It's a figure that Occupy Wall Street has been quick to employ to find common ground with the masses. It's also a phrase that pundits have used to comment on the platforms of this year's presidential candidates. But The Atlantic features a new way of looking at the 99% / 1% divide, by depicting incomes along a stacked bar chart that resembles the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Brookings Institution's website in an article about inequality within the top 1%. The differences are striking. If we take the poorest person in the top 1% of US incomes and put him on the 160th floor, then we would find the poorest person in the top 10% living on the 35th floor. Or, to put it another way, the disparity in earnings for these two individuals can be represented as a difference in 125 stories. On the other hand, consider the median household income. The poorest person in the top 50% of earners is separated from the poorest person in the top 10% by a mere 22 floors. The top one hundredth of incomes is separated from the poorest of the top 1% by 150 floors. By contrast, the difference between the poorest individuals in the top 1% and those in the 2% is 67 floors