Syracuse Makes The List Of One Of The Worst Cities For Black People To Live In America

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By Syracuse.com

Syracuse is one of the 10 worst cities for black Americans to live, according to a new report.

24/7 Wall Street created an index evaluating racial inequality in the United States through factors like income, education, homeownership, poverty, incarceration and mortality. And despite positive changes since the Civil Rights Movement, a disparity still exists across racial lines.

“One factor contributing to racial inequality is residential segregation,” the financial website says. “Discriminatory lending practices and housing policies have historically separated black and white residents along geographic lines. In many of the cities with the worst racial inequality, poor black neighborhoods and wealthier white neighborhoods are physically separated by a highway or other infrastructure.”

24/7 Wall Street data found that Syracuse was the 8th worst city in America for black Americans. Nearly 40 percent of black residents in the Salt City live below the poverty line, compared to 11 percent of white residents; and the unemployment rate for black Syracusans is 15 percent, compared to 4.4 percent for whites.

“In Syracuse, the poorest and wealthiest parts of the city are physically separated by I-81, an elevated highway running through the center of the city that was completed in the mid-1960s,” according to the financial site.

The income gap is also large. According to USA Today, the typical African-American household earns just 61 cents for every dollar that the typical white U.S. household earns. In Syracuse, that number’s even lower: African-Americans in Central New York earn just 44.2 percent as much as white income.

24/7 Wall Street says just seven U.S. cities are worse for black Americans: Erie, Pennsylvania is the worst, followed by Peoria, Illinois; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Trenton, N.J.; and three metro areas in Wisconsin.

The data focuses on race-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in each of the nation’s metropolitan areas, excluding areas where less than black residents make up less than 5 percent of the population. The figures are based on 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey on median household income, poverty, education, homeownership, and unemployment rates; incarceration rates from The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform; and the CDC’s age-adjusted mortality rates by race for each U.S. county from 2011-2015.

A similar study last year found that Syracuse has the highest rate of extreme poverty concentrated among blacks and Hispanics out of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. In September, Census data showed the poverty rate for all Syracusans had increased from 31 percent to 32.1 percent, the 13th worst in America. Read More

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