Martin Luther King Jr. Day Report: Hawaii Is 2021’s 8th Most Racially Integrated State

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and about half of Americans saying the U.S. hasn’t done enough to give black people equal rights to white people, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021's States with the Most Racial Progress, as well as accompanying videos.

To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub measured the gaps between black people and white people across 21 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from median annual household income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout.

This report examines the differences between only black people and white people in light of the high-profile police-brutality incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. We released this report ahead of the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation and discrimination against black people.

Racial Integration in Hawaii (1=Most Integrated, 25=Avg.):
 
Note: All of the following comparisons refer to the gaps between white people and black people, according to the most recent available data:

  • 1st – Median Annual Household Income Gap
  • 1st – Labor-Force Participation Rate Gap
  • 29th – Unemployment Rate Gap
  • 22nd – Homeownership Rate Gap
  • 1st – Poverty Rate Gap
  • 9th – Gap in % of Adults* with at Least a High School Diploma
  • 5th – Standardized-Test Scores Gap

* “Adults” include the population aged 25 and older.

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-and-least-racial-progress/18428

Community Contacts

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Senator Clarence K. Nishihara (808) 586.6970 (808) 586.6879
Representative Roy M. Takumi (808) 586.6170 (808) 586.6171
Representative Gregg Takayama (808) 586.6340 (808) 586.6341
Senator Bennette E. Misalucha Senator Bennette E. Misalucha (808) 586.6230 (808) 586.6231
Councilmember Brandon Elefante Councilmember Brandon Elefante (808) 768.5008 (808) 768.5011