RACIAL DISPARITIES & Race in America: Tracking 50 Years of Demographic Trends #PewResearch

by Pew Research, 8/22/13.

Data from U.S. government sources show a mixed picture of the racial and ethnic gaps among whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics over the past several decades. We’ve tracked and categorized the areas where the white-black racial gap has narrowed, widened or remained roughly the same. Hispanic and Asian data is also included in years available. Our full report, “King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities” and graphic slideshow of key findings present full results from our demographic analysis and August 2013 survey on the topic of racial equality.

  • Key:
  • White
  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Asian

Where black/white gaps have narrowed:

  • HIGH SCHOOL
  • LIFE EXPECTANCY
  • VOTER TURNOUT

Where gaps have widened:

  • MARRIAGE
  • INCOME
  • WEALTH

Where gaps are little changed:

  • POVERTY
  • HOMEOWNERSHIP

Share of adults age 25 and older who have completed at least a high school education

0%50%100%

2007
White: 91%
Black: 83%
Hispanic: 60%
Asian: 88%

1960 →1970 →1980 →1990 →2000 →2010 →

Context

High school completion rates have climbed for all four groups in recent decades, but more sharply for blacks and Hispanics than for whites. In 1964, the black high school completion rate was 53% that of the white rate. By 2012, it was 93% that of the white rate. The Hispanic high school completion rate is well behind the white rate, but the gap has narrowed to 70% that of the white rate from 54% in 1971. Asians have equaled or nearly equaled white high school completion rates since 1988.

Read more at … http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/22/race-demographics/