Among the 50 states, Michigan ranks a startling 46th in racial equality, according to a new study.
The report was published today by WalletHub, a website that ranks states on a wide array of subjects.
The study of the 50 states and the District of Columbia analyzed eight metrics to determine inequality between whites and blacks. Michigan ranked poorly in several categories based on the state’s large gaps between the two races:
- 39th – Median Annual Income
- 42nd – Labor Force Participation Rate
- 49th – Unemployment Rate
- 37th – Homeownership Rate
- 42nd – Poverty Rate
- 37th – Homeless Rate
While the nation is in turmoil due to fatal cases of police brutality involving white officers and black victims, WalletHub launched the study to look at many areas where racial divides are stark.
“The overall black unemployment rate is consistently higher than the white unemployment rate,” the report said. “… Even more striking than the inequality in employment is the disparity in wealth between white and black Americans. The average white family has a net worth of $171,000, compared to just $17,150 for the average black family.”
The biggest gap between the best and worst states occurs in median annual income, with the racial divide at the bottom of the list 19 times larger than in those at the top of the list.
Overall, Michigan ranks substantially behind several Southern states with a history of racial strife, including Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia.
In fact, Michigan is one of the nine Great Lakes states that all rank near the bottom of the rankings. The others are Indiana (40), New York (41), Pennsylvania (42), Ohio (45), Minnesota (48), Illinois (49) and Wisconsin (50).
New Mexico ranked best in the study and Washington, D.C., was last.