Monday, March 26, 2007

Income inequality: Manhattan toddlers

From the Times, this story tells a lot about what's happening in Manhattan. My friends there say it's very kid-friendly these days, with crime way down from a few decades ago.

Given how the hedonic treadmill works, I can't imagine living in Manhattan if I were a Columbia or NYU professor. Who wants to be the poorest family in the neighborhood? ;-) One of the families in the article, the father a management consultant, says they won't be able to afford the upper West Side once their kids each need a bedroom of their own.

The analysis shows that Manhattan’s 35,000 or so white non-Hispanic toddlers are being raised by parents whose median income was $284,208 a year in 2005, which means they are growing up in wealthier households than similar youngsters in any other large county in the country.

Among white families with toddlers, San Francisco ranked second, with a median income of $150,763, followed by Somerset, N.J. ($136,807); San Jose, Calif. ($134,668); Fairfield, Conn. ($132,427); and Westchester ($122,240).

Median household income of families with children ages 0 to 4. (Left is all ethnic groups, right is non-Hispanic whites only.)

For more on income inequality, including the interesting observation that it is primarily driven by financiers and tech entrepreneurs (third link), see here.

1 comment:

Dave Bacon said...

Sure you saw this, but just in case:

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