Data InsightsHow much of national income goes to the richest 1%?
June 21, 2024Pablo Arriagada

How much of national income goes to the richest 1%?

A world map showing the income share of the top 1% before taxes and benefits in 2022. The map is color-coded from light yellow to dark red, representing different levels of income share: light yellow (0-5%), light orange (5-10%), orange (10-15%), dark orange (15-20%), light red (20-25%), and dark red (25%). Countries with no data are marked with hatched lines. Notable regions with high income shares among the top 1% include parts of South America, southern Africa, and some regions in Asia. The data source is the World Inequality Database ( 2024, and the map is produced by Our World in Data.

Globally, there are large differences in the estimated share of income received by the richest 1% of the population. In Norway and Slovakia, it’s 7%; 27% in Mexico, and 31% in Mozambique and the Central African Republic.

You might expect these numbers to be strongly correlated to a country's level of economic development. But this isn't always the case. In the United States, for example, 1% of its population takes home 21% of national income. This is relatively high globally.

The data comes from the World Inequality Database, and we just updated our charts with their latest data. The data above is based on income before taxes and benefits, but after-tax incomes show a broadly similar inequality map.

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