"Several factors contribute to the disparity between the neighbors. Johnson County’s median household income is $81,100, and its poverty rate is 5.6 percent. Jackson County’s median household income is $50,700, with a 15.6 percent poverty rate. Unemployment in both counties is below the national average of 6.6 percent, but Jackson County is at 5.7 percent and Johnson County at just 3.5 percent."
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'Vitality index' highlights disparity between Jackson, Johnson counties - Kansas City Business Journal
A new report highlights the inequality between Jackson and Johnson counties' economic well-being, with the former's "vitality score" a negative number, in stark contrast to the latter's high positive score. Jackson County received a vitality score of -0.4062, and Johnson County fits into the healthiest bracket on the index at 1.4397, according to The Hamilton Project's "Exploring the Geography of Prosperity."