With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around the corner and 92 percent of blacks saying whites benefit a great deal or a fair amount from advantages not available to blacks – versus 46 percent of whites who agreed with that statement – the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2018’s States with the Most Racial Progress.

To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 23 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from median annual income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout.

This report examines the differences between only blacks and whites in light of the high-profile police-brutality incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation and discrimination against blacks.


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Source: WalletHub
Most Racially Integrated States States with the Most Racial Progress
1 Hawaii 1 Wyoming
2 New Mexico 2 Texas
3 Kentucky 3 Georgia
4 Arizona 4 New Mexico
5 Texas 5 Maryland
6 Wyoming 6 California
7 West Virginia 7 Mississippi
8 Maryland 8 Arkansas
9 Nevada 9 New Jersey
10 Delaware 10 Alabama

Rhode Island was ranked 32nd overall with a total score of 61.02 which was made up of a rank as 27 in Employment & Wealth, 40 in Education, 42 in Social & Civic Engagement and 5 in Health. In a recent WalletHub ranking of Racial Progress, Rhode Island ranked 23rd.

Key Stats

  • The District of Columbia has the lowest gap in homeownership rates between whites and blacks, at 11.88 percent. Connecticut has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 7.71 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest gap in median annual household incomes between whites and blacks, at 8.08 percent. Wyoming has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1979, with a change of 36.50 percent.
  • South Dakota has the lowest gap in unemployment rates between whites and blacks, at 1.94 percent. North Dakota has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 12.25 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest gap in poverty rates between whites and blacks, at 1.55 percent. Mississippi has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 24.27 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest gap in business-ownership rates between whites and blacks, at 38.40 percent. Texas has made the most progress in closing this gap since 2002, with a change of 7.08 percent.
  • Idaho has the lowest gap in the share of adults 25 years and over with at least a bachelor’s degree between whites and blacks, at 0.07 percent, and has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 6.42 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-and-least-racial-progress/18428/

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