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Racial Disparities in Six Charts
Los Angeles County

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In CNN's online article, US black-white inequality in 6 stark charts, by Tami Luhby, six graphic charts highlight stark economic and health differences between blacks and whites in America. We wanted to see if Los Angeles County has similarly stark contrasts, but expand it to all racial groups in (mostly) the same categories. There clearly are.

The only common denominators are that we are all human beings and that we live in the same county. The rest of the story is a complex web of historical, social and political factors that, for better and worse, bring us to where we find ourselves today.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas addressed the impact of these racial disparities on Los Angeles County, when introducing the release of the 2019 Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness.

"Hard work lies ahead to counter this tragic inheritance. If our region is to prosper, it is not only a moral imperative, it is an absolute economic imperative that all who call Los Angeles home are able to attain their full measure of dignity and self-worth.”

Median Household Income

Black households in Los Angeles County have less than 60 percent of the median household income of white households.

Median Household Income by Race, Los Angeles County, 2018

U.S. Census estimates for 2018. White, non-Hispanic, households are those who are non-Hispanic/Latino.
Los Angeles Almanac Graphic
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Unemployment

Blacks in Los Angeles County have 2.3 times the unemployment rate of Asians and 1.9 times the unemployment rate of whites.

Unemployment by Race, Los Angeles County, 2018

U.S. Census estimates for 2018. White persons are those who are non-Hispanic/Latino.
Los Angeles Almanac Graphic
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Poverty

The poverty rate for Blacks in Los Angeles County is 2.1 times higher than for whites.

Poverty by Race, Los Angeles County, 2018

U.S. Census estimates for 2018. White persons are those who are non-Hispanic/Latino.
Los Angeles Almanac Graphic
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Higher Education

Asians in Los Angeles County are 4.1 times (and whites 3.9 times) more likely to have earned a bachelor degree or higher than Hispanics/Latinos.

Higher Education Attainment by Race, Los Angeles County, 2018

U.S. Census estimates for 2018. White persons are those who are non-Hispanic/Latino.
Los Angeles Almanac Graphic
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Lack of Health Insurance

Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County are at least 2 times more likely to lack health insurance than whites, Asians or blacks.

Lack of Health Insurance by Race, Los Angeles County, 2018

U.S. Census estimates for 2018. White persons are those who are non-Hispanic/Latino.
Los Angeles Almanac Graphic
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

COVID-19 Deaths

The COVID-19 death rate for blacks in Los Angeles County is 40 percent higher than for whites and 21 percent higher than for Asians.

COVID-19 Deaths by Race, Los Angeles County

As of June 7, 2020.
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Source: Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health.