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The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

Many American families use the equity in their home to finance the higher education of their children or grandchildren. This source of higher education funding is less available to African Americans.

New Government Data Shows a Racial Gap in Home Internet Use

New Government Data Shows a Racial Gap in Home Internet Use

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 83.6 percent of the non-Hispanic White population in the United States has Internet access in their home. For Black Americans, the figure is 68 percent.

Examining the Gender Gap in African American Degree Attainments

Examining the Gender Gap in African American Degree Attainments

There are 2,248,000 African American men over the age of 18 who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree compared to 3,283,000 African American women with at least a bachelor’s degree.

More than 5 Million African Americans Have a Four-Year College Degree

More than 5 Million African Americans Have a Four-Year College Degree

Some 21.7 percent of all African American adults have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. Blacks have made tremendous progress, but a significant racial gap remains.

African Americans With Alternative Educational Credentials

African Americans With Alternative Educational Credentials

The data shows that 21 percent of Black adults in the United States have some form or alternative educational credential. For White Americans the figure is 25.6 percent. These credentials include professional certification or licensure or an educational certificate.

Census Data Shows Need for Further Efforts to Attract Blacks Into STEM Fields

Census Data Shows Need for Further Efforts to Attract Blacks Into STEM Fields

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that while while Blacks are 10.8 percent of all employed workers, they make up only 6.4 percent of all employees in STEM occupations. Blacks make up an even smaller percentage of all workers in specific STEM jobs.

The Persisting Racial Gap in Median Household Income in the United States

The Persisting Racial Gap in Median Household Income in the United States

In 2012, the median Black household income was only 58 percent of the median income of White households. This significant racial gap in median household income in the United States has remained virtually unchanged for the past 40 years.

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates

For students who graduated from high school in 2012, nearly 67 percent of Whites were enrolled in college by October 2012. For Black high school graduates in 2012, only 57.1 percent were enrolled in college the next fall.

Blacks Are More Likely to Be Enrolled in School Than Whites

Blacks Are More Likely to Be Enrolled in School Than Whites

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in October 2012 there were 11,918,000 African Americans enrolled in school at all levels of education. This was 31.4 percent of the entire Black population over the age of 3.

The Persistent Racial Digital Divide

The Persistent Racial Digital Divide

Access to information is extremely important in today’s society. Those that have it are better able to compete in the job market or in gaining access to higher education. But new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that there is a persistent racial digital divide.

The Higher Education Payoff for Young African Americans

The Higher Education Payoff for Young African Americans

In 2010, young Blacks with a master’s degree had average earnings of $49,100. This is 90.6 percent of the average earnings of young Whites with a master’s degree.