Poorer White People are Living in Better Communities than Middle Class Black People

Written by Jae Jones


New research conducted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education found that the gap separating and Hispanic people from White Americans persists at all levels of the income spectrum. Money is not the great equalizer between class and race, and upon closer examination the term ‘class division,’ does not fully begin to captivate how racial neighborhood segregation plays out in American communities.

The study took a look at the neighborhood gap, and the results revealed that when Whites and Blacks make the same amount of money, they do not live the same, quality life, and do not live in the same types of neighborhoods. Poor whites were able to live in more wealthy neighborhoods, than Blacks, or Hispanics with a middle-class income.

According to Stanford Graduate School, by combining racial and socioeconomic segregation, this issue of the neighborhood gap is a catalyst for driving the problems minorities have to deal with including; lower-performing and underfunded schools, as well as higher crime rates, and other social problems, all of which impact social mobility. On average, a Black household with an annual income of $50,000 lives in a neighborhood with a median income under $43,000.  Whites in this income range wind up, on average, living in neighborhoods where the median income is nearly 25 percent higher at nearly $53,000.

Although, it is known that Black families on average live in poorer neighborhoods, why is that? Black people are being kept in a position as to where they cannot get ahead, and they are not being given the same fair housing opportunities as their counterparts White Americans. Most people think Black people are living this way because Black families are just a poorer race. However, what sense does that make? If that was the case there would be many White Americans living the same way. There is definitely more to why Blacks are being kept down in these underprivileged areas. Researchers emphasized that this neighborhood gap has significant impacts on both raising children and building wealth, with poor children being exposed to negative influences. The problem is there are no quick solutions to the problems here. However, it is important to make it known apparently clear that something in these communities is not adding up.


Study Finds That Poor Whites Live In Better Neighborhoods Than Middle-Class Blacks

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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