A new report lists Wisconsin as the worst state in America for racial inequality.

The special new report titled Black and White Inequality in All 50 States considered 10 separate social and economic measures that tend to be unequal along racial lines. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed and ranked all 50 U.S. states based on inequality, from most to least equal. The study measured gaps between black and white residents in areas like unemployment, income and homeownership.

The report said that the Wisconsin African American population is 6.2% (24th smallest) and that the median household income for African Americans is $29,223 less than half of the median household income for whites which was $59,056. The report stated that the unemployment rate for black people in Wisconsin was 10.6 percent to 3.8 percent for white.

White people in Wisconsin were about three times more likely to own a home – homeownership rate was 26.2% for blacks and 71.6% for whites. While black people in Wisconsin were about 11 times more likely to be incarcerated. The report stated that the incarceration rate (per 100,000) was 2,542 (black), 221 (white).

Neighboring states Minnesota finished second, South Dakota finished third, Illinois was fourth and Iowa was fifth.


  1. Where’s the inequality….each measure is totally up to an individual to accomplish…If blacks are lagging in any of the areas, it wholly falls on there lack of effort and responsibility…

    • You don’t have a clue! Hiw many Blacks have you hired? If a Black woman was more qualified than a white woman you were attracted to, yet they were both qualified, which would you hire? Especially if some of your other employees didn’t like Blacks. Talk is cheap. Proven fact is Blacks with ethnic names don’t even get interviews.

  2. Paul B. How could you not think an entire group of people don’t want progress in their lives? That’s such a blanket and couldn’t be further than the truth. There is no race of people that does not strive to advance more than any other because humanity is the only race- cliche yes but still worth noting. There have been so many pushes to bring in resources through our own efforts, the reciprocation is not always there to ensure black or urban businesses grow. My father owns two barber shops in Milwaukee and definitely does his due deligence with outreach, but where is the rest of Milwaukee to help as well? My mom works on the Diversity and Marketing team for one of the top WI healthcare systems supporting community outreach and diversity because she is aware that as Wisconsinites, WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER, whether you realize it or believe it or not. We are just as much a part of the greater Wisconsin community like everyone else. The problem here is not political or social, it starts with people not recognizing the humanity in others. When that doesn’t happen, any negative thought, word, an action is focused on tearing people down and saying “oh well” as opposed to seeing clearly about what people have done and the good we all possess. We take a lot of responsibility- and it would certainly be irresponsible if research like this was not conducted to create solutions in equity. I don’t know how you set up the world around you but you have so much opportunity to engage instead of blaming. Thank you for your time.

  3. What (expletive). If effort, responsibility and hard work were what it takes, the women of Africa would be the richest, most successful people in the world. What do you know about the effect of years of JIM CROW? REDLINING? the racial difference between wealth and income?

    Ask yourself, honestly, if you would be willing to be treated for ONE WEEK ,the way that people of color are treated in the USA; particularly, it seems, in Wisconsin.


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