Differences in Leisure Activities of College-Educated Blacks and Whites

Nearly 30 percent of all white adults in the United States over the age of 25 hold a four-year college degree. For black adults, about 17.5 percent are college educated.

A recent survey by the National Endowment for the Arts offers participation rates for a wide range of leisure activities that are generally associated with people who have a high level of education. In all cases, whites are more likely to participate than blacks, but sometimes the differences in participation rates are far greater than the college completion rate disparities noted above. In some if not all cases, whites’ higher average income may be a factor in their higher participation rates in the activities named.

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