Map Monday: US Black Homeownership Inequality

Here’s a maddening and entirely believable map from a think tank called the Urban Institute out of DC. It shows the size and scale of the gap in homeownership rates between African-Americans and whites in the US.

As described by the report’s authors, “the dots’ color represents the magnitude of the disparity, and the dots’ size is scaled to the number of black households in the metropolitan statistical area.”

Here’s the bad news:

The Minneapolis metro ranks as the worst metro area in the country for the size of the gap. The authors describe the situation in the midwest and northeast thus:

Northeastern and midwestern cities have the widest homeownership gaps between black and white residents. Four of the five metropolitan areas with the largest number of black households—Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC—are in this region. The two cities with the biggest gaps—Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 50 percent and Albany, New York, at 49 percent—are also in this region.

Even worse, the Twin Cities is moving backwards here. The report shows in this pull out chart.

There. I hope this ruined your day, as it should. Let’s figure out how to heal this longstanding wound.


Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.