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.