Monday, December 05, 2011

Racial income gap is less bad here

Take a look at the far left edge of the chart; it shows the percentage of families who earned under $10,000 during the year. The light green line shows black families across Brooklyn. The light blue line shows white families across Brooklyn. See how far apart the lines are?

Now compare the darker lines of each color, again way over at the left edge of the chart. That’s the situation in Brooklyn’s District 18. See how much closer the two lines are? The percentage of white families that are really, really poor and the percentage of black families that are really, really poor is nearly equal.

On the right side of the chart, you can see that the pattern holds – though not quite as strongly – for the wealthiest residents, too.

The data I’m using is from the 2005 American Communities Survey (ACS), which is conducted by the Census Bureau, and is adjusted to 2009 dollars.

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