State Averages & County Rankings
In 1968, California officially declared itself the "Golden State." In reality, the promise of California was to remain out of reach for the majority of low-income communities of color.
Our data shows the mechanics of racial disparity in California and how a rising tide does not lift all boats.
According to RACE COUNTS, the top ten most racially disparate counties across key issue areas are Marin, Imperial, El Dorado, Mono, Yolo, Alameda, Colusa, Fresno, Inyo and San Francisco.
Even in the most liberal of counties, a rising tide does not lift all boats. The Bay Area has some of the highest performing counties in the state, but many are also among the most disparate statewide.
Crime & justice is the most disparate key issue, incarceration is the most disparate indicator and Los Angeles County is where the impact is felt the most. In San Francisco, the incarceration rate for Blacks is more than 28 times higher than that of Whites.
Racial disparity drives down performance, impacting not just people of color but all of us. Three out of eight Central Valley counties are amongst the worst performing in the state.
The Black community has the highest number of indicators where they have the worst rates and outcomes. These burdens cut across multiple issue areas from life expectancy, homeownership, school suspensions, household income, and incarceration.
Latinos are the next-most-likely group to face the worst disparity across indicators, but represent the largest number of Californians laboring under racial disparities.