Income inequality highest in major cities - daily

Income inequality is highest in Poland's wealthiest and most developed cities, the Rzeczpospolita newspaper wrote on Thursday.

Quoting an experimental study by the Central Statistical Office (GUS), the paper wrote that income gaps were usually smaller in poorer urban centres.

According to the study, among the reasons for high income differences are the broader business openings offered by wealthy cities.

Reczpospolita wrote that the highest income gap was visible in Podkowa Lesna near Warsaw, with a 0.58 Gini coefficient and the average incomes of a surveyed 10-percent group of the city's wealthiest inhabitants 25 times higher than those of a respective group of its poorest inhabitants.

The Gini coefficient is a measure of disparity ranging from 0 to 1; the higher the score the greater the inequality, the paper explained.

Other high-inequality cities include Konstancin-Jeziorna, Puszczykowo, Lomianki, Jozefow, Milanowek, Sopot, Warsaw, Brwinow and Szczawno-Zdroj, with a Gini coefficient of 0.47, Rzeczpospolita wrote.