Poor whites live in richer neighborhoods than middle-class blacks and Latinos

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By Madamnoire

In a perfect world, living in an affluent neighborhood is dictated by one’s income, not skin color. But according to a new study, race does hinder Americans from living in lovely locales, the Washington Post reports.

Researchers at  Stanford Graduate School of Education found that poor whites live in better neighborhoods than middle-class Blacks. This leaves African Americans more likely to face higher crime, pitiful schools, and other social issues.

A Black household with an annual income of $50,000 is typically in neighborhoods where the median income is $43,000. White Households that make about one-fifth of that, $13,000, typically live in neighborhoods where the median income is $45,000.

Curtis Reardon, one of the lead investigators, explained the study’s findings:

It’s relatively well known that Black families on average live in poorer neighborhoods, but a lot of people presume that’s simply because Black families are poorer. But if that were all there was to it, you would find poor whites living in the same kinds of neighborhoods as poor Blacks.

The disparity is significant because Black families — in comparison to Whites of a lower income class — who are more likely to have children facing higher risks of forgoing college, acquiring less in their careers, and being single parents due to the nature of poorer neighborhoods.

“When you look at the evidence of how important neighborhoods are, you really worry about the long-term consequences of these patterns of racial and economic segregation,” Reardon added.

Reardon says that three factors are to blame for this phenomenon. First, Black households, even though they may earn high incomes, are more likely to carry more debt. Secondly, Black Americans have more difficulty putting down large sums of cash for things like home down payments. Lastly, Blacks — as well as Whites — typically prefer living among their own racial group.

When asked for ways to rectify these concerns, Reardon is at a loss for words.

“That’s a tricky question,” he said.

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