The Huge Racial Gap in Poverty Rates

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2010, 10,675,000 African Americans were living in poverty. This is 27.4 percent of the total African-American population. The poverty rate for non-Hispanic white Americans in 2010 was 9.9 percent. This is only about one third the rate for blacks.

Furthermore, the racial gap is widening. From 2009 to 2010 the black poverty rate increase by 1.6 percentage points. The rate for non-Hispanic white American rose by only 0.5 percentage points. There were 731,000 more blacks living in poverty in 2010 than was the case in 2009.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs