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With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the U.S. a better place while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos.

To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 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.

Racial Progress in North Carolina (1=Most Progress, 25=Avg.)

Note: All of the following comparisons refer to the gaps between whites and blacks over time:

  • 17th – Change in Median Annual Income Gap
  • 7th – Change in Labor-Force Participation Rate Gap
  • 25th – Change in Unemployment Rate Gap
  • 14th – Change in Homeownership Rate Gap
  • 8th – Change in Poverty Rate Gap
  • 22nd – Change in Gap in % of Adults* with at Least a High School Diploma
  • 17th – Change in Standardized-Test Scores Gap
  • 4th – Change in Voter-Turnout Gap (2016 Presidential Election)

*“Adults” include the population aged 25 and older.

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