Where Black Americans Stand

The National Urban League just released its 2010 report on the state of black America. The report lists statistics regarding black Americans in comparison to white Americans within categories such as economics, health, social justice and civic engagement.

Economics Black White
Median Household Income in Real Dollars (2008) $34,218 $55,530
Percent of population living below poverty line (2008) 24.7% 8.6%
Percent of population unemployed (2009) 14.8% 8.5%
Percent of the population that owns a home (2008) 47.4% 75%
Households with a computer in the home (2005) 44.8% 64.6%
Health Black White
Life expectancy, at birth (2006) 73.2 years 78.2 years
Percent of population 18 and older that is overweight (2008) 35.2% 36.3%
Percent of population that is obese (2008) 36.8% 25.4%
Percent of population 18 and older that binge drinks (2007) 11.8% 24.4%
Percent of population 12 and older that has used illicit drugs in the last month (2007) 9.5% 8.2%
Percent of population without health insurance (2008) 19.1% 10.8%
Abortions/100 live births (2005) 46.7 15.8
Education Black White
Percent of population 25 and older with high school diploma (2008) 83% 91.5%
Percent of population 18-34 that earned a master's degree (2007) 0.6% 0.9%
Percent of high school dropouts (2006) 13% 10.8%
Social Justice Black White
Mean incarceration sentence in average months (2004) 40 months 37 months
Murder victims per 100,000 (2008) 17.4 2.8
Homicide rate per 100,000 (2007) 0.6 0.2
Civic Engagement Black White
Percent of population registered to vote (2008) 69.7% 73.5%
Percent of population that actually voted (2008) 64.7% 66.1%

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