This paper presents the profile of high-income households in rural Illinois. Salient findings include: (1) Households in
the top quintile accounted for 52% of total household income in rural Illinois; and (2) A typical top-5% household is a
single family, two-member household with a female head of household.
To attain a more equitable personal distribution of income, it is recommended that governments focus on motivating
individuals to attain positions that are scarce and valued by the society.