Victoria Stilwell of Bloomberg highlights an analysis of Census Bureau data that seeks to determine the cities with the biggest gap between the haves and have-nots. And New Orleans topped the list as the most unequal city in America.

The rankings look at cities with populations of at least 250,000, and use a ratio that measures a metro's income distribution. The Big Easy was followed by Atlanta, Cincinnati, Boston and Dallas,

Big cities are often hotbeds for such conditions because they attract rich individuals who can afford the cost of living — think rents in New York City or Los Angeles — as well as lower-income households who need access to services that large municipalities can often provide.

"The overall story is that inequality has been rising steadily for about the past three decades," Jarosz said. While changes from year to year are often small or nonexistent, "if you look at the long-term trend, there's a really steady increase in inequality."

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