1. Blue states have the country’s highest levels of income inequality.
A Brookings Institute study looked at ten years of Bureau of Labor Statistics data and compared the wages between the top and bottom 25th percentiles in every state. The study found that in 2012, states that voted for Obama generally had the most income inequality. At the top of the list was Washington, DC followed by California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Illinois.
The study also found that in the last ten years, these income gaps grew more in blue states than in red states. In blue states, the ratio between high and low incomes grew by almost 8%, whereas in red states, it barely reached 5%.