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State Overview

Key Takeaways


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Economic Opportunity: Almost one in four Black and Native American households live below poverty.
Economic Opportunity: For every 1,000 Asians in California, 26 own businesses; whereas for Blacks and Latinos only four out of 1,000 are business owners.
Economic Opportunity: Ten out of 100 Whites are employed as officials or managers while only three out of 100 Latinos hold similar occupations.
Health Care Access: Asians have the longest life expectancy at 80.2 years, while Pacific Islanders have the second lowest at 72.6 years.
Health Care Access: The low birthweight rate for babies born to African-American mothers is 9.5 or higher in every county in the state, while the state average rate is only 6.8.
Education: Asian (72%), Filipino (62%), and White (58%) third grade math proficiency rates are more than double Pacific Islander (36%), Native American (29%), Latino (28%), and Black (22%) rates.
Education: White children 0-5 (50.5 seats per 100) have better access to licensed childcare than Latinos (43.0) and Blacks (40.6).
Education: The Black suspension rate (10.7 per 100 students) is more than triple the White (3.3) suspension rate.
Housing: Latinos and African Americans are subjected to higher-priced housing (subprime) loans 4x more than Asians and 2x more than Whites.
Housing: Asian and White homeowners have nearly $25,000 more income left after paying for housing costs when compared to Blacks, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Latinos.
Housing: Renters have less income left over after paying for housing than owners. Still, White renters have nearly 3x more income left over than Black renters.
Housing: The value of one's home is vastly different depending on your racial identity: for Whites and Asians, home values were at or above the median value of $400,000, at $400,000 and $455,000 respectively. However, for Blacks and Latinos the values were below the median, at $300,000 and $250,000 respectively.
Democracy: Significant racial disparities exist in midterm and presidential elections.
Democracy: The higher voter turnout in presidential elections somewhat narrows the racial disparity in turnout, but not completely.
Democracy: White representation among elected officials is more than double that of all other races.
Democracy: Fresno County has the State's only Native American county-level elected official.
Crime and Justice: Access to reentry providers is less disparate among races because providers are concentrated in urban areas where more people of color live.
Crime and Justice: Black residents are about two times as likely to be killed by law enforcement than Whites, Latino/a, or Asian residents.
Crime and Justice: Surprisingly, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are highly represented among police officers—eight per 1,000 persons—which is greater than the ratio for Whites (three per 1,000) and Blacks (two per 1,000).
Healthy Built Environment: Asians and Latinos are more likely to be exposed to toxic releases from facilities than Whites and Native Americans.
Healthy Built Environment: African Americans and Latinos are more likely to live, play, or go to school near hazardous land uses like railroad facilities, ports, airports, and refineries.
Healthy Built Environment: Latinos and Native Americans are more likely exposed to drinking water contaminants than Asian / Pacific Islanders.

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.
  Crime & Justice Democracy Economic Opportunity Health Access Healthy Built Environment Housing Education
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