Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA remained at the top of the Black-White Income Equality ranking for the third consecutive year, even as the value of Black median household income relative to whites declined. According to the 2017 Index, the median Black household in Riverside had 72 cents for every dollar of median white household income, down from 76 cents last year. Black and white incomes were least equal in Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI where the gap was 41 cents on the dollar.
Black-White Income Metro
Unlike the Black-white unemployment equality rankings, the Black-White Income Equality Index rankings were relatively stable between 2015 and 2016. Six of last year’s top 10 metros were again in the top 10 this year. In the Hispanic-white rankings, seven of last year’s top 10 appear at the top of this year’s list. The full list of Black-white and Hispanic-white 2016 Metro Income Equality Index rankings, complete with a comparison to 2015, can be found in additional tables on www.stateofblackamerica.org.
Unlike the Black–White unemployment equality rankings, the Black–White Income Equality Index rankings were relatively stable between 2014 and 2015. Six of last year’s top 10 metros were again in the top 10 this year. On the other hand, the Hispanic–White rankings were less stable with only four of last year’s top 10 appearing at the top of this year’s list. Nationally, Hispanic households experienced the largest increase in median household income between 2012 and 2013.