Magazine article USA TODAY

How Much Progress Has Been Made?

Magazine article USA TODAY

How Much Progress Has Been Made?

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With 46% of U.S. voters expecting worse race relations under the Administration of Donald Trump, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2017's States with the Most Racial Progress.

To measure U.S. progress in harmonizing racial groups, analysts measured the gaps between blacks and whites in 16 key indicators of equality and integration for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from "median annual income" to "standardized test scores" to "voter turnout."

This report examines the differences between only blacks and whites in light of the high-profile incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 10 most-racially integrated states, starting at the top, are Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Texas, Delaware, Nevada, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Montana, and Tennessee.

The 10 states with the most racial progress, beginning at No. 1, are Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina, and Louisiana.

As for the statistics:

* The District of Columbia has the lowest gap in homeownership rates between whites and blacks, at 11 %. Connecticut has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of eight percent. …

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