Income Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area

June 2015

Income inequality in the United States has been increasing for several decades, and is now at levels not seen since the Great Depression. While historical datasets on income inequality in California and the San Francisco Bay Area do not go back that far, inequality has increased over the last thirty years at a more rapid rate than the United States as a whole. And over that time period, Bay Area income inequality has also shifted from being significantly lower than nationwide inequality to slightly higher in 2013.

This research brief examines data on Bay Area income inequality and how it varies within the region, including comparisons to the state and nation as a whole.

You may download a supplement to the research brief from Marin Economic Consulting on the root causes of inequality and local policy options.