Rochester report: Major disparities between race and socioeconomic status

Rochester report: Major disparities between race and socioeconomic status

Overview

By Spectrum News Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation has released it’s report, “Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area.”

The report shows wide disparities in such areas as childhood poverty, academic achievement, earnings and unemployment.

The report shows a wide margin between white children living in poverty compared to African-American and Hispanic children; 14-percent of white children live in poverty, that’s compared to 50 percent of African American and 42 percent of Hispanic children.

Also, 90 percent of white students graduate from high school in the Rochester region whereas 66 percent of African-Americans and 67 percent of Latinos graduate.

There’s also disparity for average household income. White households average about $56,000 per year. That’s compared to $27,000 for Black households and $30,000 for Hispanic homes.

And the breakdown of unemployment by race shows 6 percent of whites in the nine county region are unemployed. For African-Americans the unemployment rate is 18 percent and 13 percent for Hispanics.

 

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