RALEIGH – New data released by Bloomberg News shows that income inequality varies by Congressional district, with districts represented by Democrats generally having worse inequality than Republican-represented districts. The trend mostly holds for North Carolina’s 13 districts. David Price, a Democrat, represents the district with the most inequality, while Republican Richard Hudson’s 8th District has the least.
The calculations by Bloomberg’s Visual Data project are based on data from the U.S. Census. Wealth distribution was determined on a scale of zero to one. The nation scored 0.4804 overall.
Out of the 436 districts scored (the District of Columbia was included), Pennsylvania’s 2nd District had the most inequality and Maryland’s 5th District had the least. When districts were ranked from most to least inequality, North Carolina’s districts ranged from No. 55 (the 4th District) to No. 325 (the 8th District). Republicans represent the seven districts with the least income inequality, while the six remaining districts are split between three Republicans and three Democrats.
Price’s district is the only one of North Carolina’s 13 districts to show more income inequality than the national average. The 4th District ranges from Burlington in Alamance County all the way down to Fayetteville in Cumberland County, and includes parts of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. Price, a retired Duke professor, has represented the district since he was first elected in 1996. He holds an undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill as well as a divinity degree and doctorate in political science from Yale.
Richard Hudson’s district, which shows the least income inequality, runs generally southeast from Rowan County to Robeson County. Hudson was elected to Congress to represent the 8th District in 2012 and again in 2014. Hudson, who lives in Concord and runs a small-business consulting firm, holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte.