Black Prosperity in America

This dashboard provides critical data on Black-White income gaps for the nation, all 50 states, the 150 largest metro regions, and the 100 largest cities. It includes insights on trends over time, inequities in educational attainment, the impacts of education on earnings, and the economic benefits of closing racial gaps in wages and employment.

Key Takeaways

  • Racial gaps in educational attainment are persistent. One in five Black adults have a college degree, compared to more than one in three White adults.
  • Higher education alone does not eliminate wage inequities. Black college grads earn an average of $0.80 for every dollar earned by their White counterparts.
  • If racial income gaps were closed, the typical Black worker would see a 63% increase in income.

Drivers of Inequity

These disparities are driven by deep-seated anti-Black racism. Gaps in educational attainment derive from residential segregation, neighborhhood disinvestment, inequitable school funding formulas, and barriers to higher education, including rising costs. Racial wage gaps stem from these educational inequities and are also perpetuated by employer bias, discrimination, and entrenched occupational segregation that crowds women and workers of color into the lowest-paid occupations.

Equity Solutions

Data Sources and Methods

This dashboard includes data from the Educational Attainment, Wages: Median, and Income Inequality indicators on the National Equity Atlas. The original data source is  US Census American Community Survey microdata from IPUMS USA.

Design Approach

To highlight our focus on the Black population, we removed racial/ethnic groups other than Black and White from most of the displays and emphasized the Black population data through color and size, as well as contextual narrative around the disparities visible in the dashboards.

Created By

Created by the National Equity Atlas in partnership with Chantilly Juggernauth of Lovelytics.