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State Overview

Key Takeaways


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Economic Opportunity: Just under 50% of Latinxs earn a living wage ($15/hr) in California, while about 70% of Asian and Whites do.
Economic Opportunity: Nearly 80% of White households earn above the Cost-of-Living Adjusted Poverty level, while only 50% of Latinx households do.
Economic Opportunity: White adults are employed as Officials and Managers at twice the rate of Latinx adults.
Health Care Access: Latinxs and American Indian / Alaska Natives are about three times more likely to be uninsured than Whites, the group with the lowest rate.
Health Care Access: Black communities have by far the highest rates of low birthweight births and preventable hospitalizations.
Health Care Access: Asians are the group least likely to get help for mental or behavioral health issues.
Education: Our educational system is producing the worst outcomes for Black and American Indian / Alaska Native students.
Education: Black and American Indian / Alaska Native students are 5x more likely to be chronically absent than the group with the lowest rate.
Education: While Bay Area counties have better educational outcomes than Central Valley counties, outcomes are similarly disparate by race.
Housing: Just over half of all renters in California are rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of income on housing costs.
Housing: Black and American Indian / Alaska Native students are more than 4x as likely to experience homelessness as the group with the lowest rate.
Housing: Black, Pacific Islander, and American Indian / Alaska Native renters are most likely to face evictions.
Democracy: In California, Latinx, Black, and American Indian / Alaska Native Californians were the least likely to be counted in the 2020 Decennial Census.
Democracy: While voting increases for all groups during presidential elections, substantial racial disparities remain. On average less than half of Latinx and Pacific Islander eligible voters participated in these elections over the last decade.
Democracy: While four in 10 Californians are White, six of every 10 California elected officials are White. The rate of White elected representation across the state is nearly five times higher than that of Latinxs.
Crime and Justice: Black Californians are 17 times more likely to be subject to police use of force than Asian / Pacific Islanders, the group with the lowest rate.
Crime and Justice: Black Californians have the highest incarceration rate. The rate for Black Californians is nearly two times higher than even the group with the next highest rate, American Indian / Alaska Natives.
Crime and Justice: Black youth in California experience the highest rate of arrests for status offenses with a rate 2.8 times higher than White youth, the group with the lowest rate.
Healthy Built Environment: Statewide Latinxs have the most exposure to drinking water contaminants, followed by American Indians / Alaska Natives.
Healthy Built Environment: Latinxs are subject to twice as much exposure to toxic releases, like chemical emissions into the air, as Whites.
Healthy Built Environment: African Americans, Asians, and Latinx are most likely to live in areas with less greenspace.

HEAT TABLE OF DISPARITY A visual snapshot of racial disparity and performance across seven key issues. Use the filters to toggle between disparity and performance.
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