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How much do you need to earn to be in Minnesota's top 1 percent?

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Income inequality is among the issues being discussed during the presidential campaign, and new research has mapped out the disparity in each American county.

The Economic Policy Institute has used household income data to determine how much money America's "1 percent" actually make, and has broken it down not only by state, but also by individual county.

The average income of American 1-percenters was $1,153,293, the study found, but the figure varied wildly from state to state.

The biggest disparities

Each county is ranked by the institute based on where the income gap is the most unequal – the disparity between the income of a 1-percenter and the remaining 99 percent of earners. The biggest gap is in Teton, Wyoming, where the 1 percent earns over $28 million a year, and the bottom 99 percent earn (a still healthy) $120,884, on average.

The highest Minnesota county on the list is Roseau County, in the northern part of the state on the Canadian border, which is 63rd nationally. There, the 1 percent earn $1.409 million – 33.3 times more than the $42,369 average earned by people in the rest of the county.

The county with the smallest disparity is Carlton County, where the 1 percent earns $317,774, 7.8 times more than the $40,936 earned by the rest.

The easiest place to be in the 1 percent of earners is in Pine County, where an annual income of $285,679 makes you a member of the bourgeoisie. That's 8.8 times more than the $32,405 earned on average by the rest of residents.

And the highest threshold to be a 1-percenter is in Hennepin County, where the highest earners average $1.715 million.

Counties with the biggest gap between 1% and the 99%

  1. Roseau (63rd nationally): 1% earns $1.409 million; rest earns $42,369. 1% earns 33.3 times more.
  2. Clearwater (114th): 1% earns $929,500; rest earns $33,412. 1% earns 27.8 times more.
  3. Hennepin (118th): 1% earns $1.715 million; rest earns $62,200. 1% earns 27.6 times more.
  4. Stearns (272nd): 1% earns $971,352; rest earns $44,285. 1% earns 21.9 times more.
  5. Ramsey (414th): 1% earns $961,301; rest earns $48,698. 1% earns 19.7 times more.

Counties with the smallest gap

  1. Carlton (2987th nationally): 1% earns $317,774; rest earns $40,936. 1% earns 7.8 times more.
  2. Red Lake (2914th): 1% earns $330,283; rest earns $39,616. 1% earns 8.3 times more.
  3. Pine (2826nd): 1% earns $285,679; rest earns $32,405. 1% earns 8.8 times more.
  4. Waseca (2822nd): 1% earns $369,690; rest earns $41,866. 1% earns 8.8 times more.
  5. Yellow Medicine (2762nd): 1% earns $395,824; $43,304. 1% earns 9.1 times more.

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