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47.2 Minority income compared to community income

This indicator compares median income of households headed by African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans to the overall community median income.

This indicator is part of Positive cultural relations.

Indicator description:

This indicator compares the 2007 median incomes of households headed by African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in peer cities in the Southwest to the respective overall community median incomes in each of those cities. This indicator quantifies the extent of income disparity among racial and ethnic groups to the whole community in these cities.

Why is this indicator relevant?

While many factors influence both the existence and perception of discrimination and unequal treatment and many factors influence income, research has shown that parity and integration can lead to better racial harmony. Income is an important element of parity, as is education, occupational status, life expectancy, etc. Many studies have documented that the income gap has been increasing among people of different races and cultures, especially among Hispanics. This lack of parity sustains feelings of inequity and inhibits an integrated, positive society.

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Data Sources:

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Poverty and Prosperity: Prospects for Reducing Racial/Ethnic Economic Disparities in the United States, 2001; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

 

What can we tell from the data?

  • The latest Albuquerque data from 2011 shows median incomes for Hispanics (80.1%), African Americans (67.6%), and Native Americans (61.9%) are lower than the community as a whole, although Hispanics are close to parity.
  • The average among households headed by African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans was 69.9% in 2011 which ranks Albuquerque 5th of 6 peer communities (Salt Lake City not available). Albuquerque's average is lower than United States 71.1% average.
  • The four year Albuquerque trend is undesirable. Though in 2009, the average of 88.1%, was at the highest level since data became available in 2005, in 2011, the average decreased to 69.9%.

 

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