(Graph) How what people own is more unequally distributed than what they earn

There has been lots of discussion recently about how much more the ’1 per cent’ earn than everyone else. There has been less attention paid to how much more they own.

Thomas Neumark is a housing and community development professional and blogger

There has been lots of discussion recently about how much more the ’1 per cent’ earn than everyone else. There has been less attention paid to how much more they own.

In fact, wealth (what people own) is more unequally distributed than income.

(The wealth in the graphs refers to the net value of property)

The below chart gives you an idea of just how unequally distributed wealth is in the UK.

Total wealth

Wealth includes things like pensions and stocks. If we just concentrate on housing wealth (Total housing wealth in the UK stands at something like £3,375 billion) we see a similar picture. Here is how housing wealth is distributed.

Distribution of property

House prices have increased significantly, even adjusting for inflation, since the 1970s as this chart shows.

Average prices

However, this has not uniformly benefited all homeowners.

Not benefited all homeowners

Super prime growth

Super prime

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