NEW YORK, NY - With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around the corner and race relations being a top issue facing the nation today, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's States That Have Achieved the Most Racial Progress.

To identify the states that are most racially integrated and have come the furthest in their efforts of racial progress, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics. Our data set ranges from median annual income to homeownership rates to voter turnout.

In this report, we examine the differences between only blacks and whites in light of the high-profile police-brutality incidents that have sparked national controversy in recent years and the Civil Rights Movement — in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., played a prominent role — that involved mainly black and white groups.

Racial Progress in New Jersey (1=Biggest; 25=Avg.) 

  • 21st – Change in Median Annual Income Gap
  • 27th – Change in Labor-Force Participation Rate Gap
  • 16th – Change in Homeownership Rate Gap
  • 24th – Change in Poverty Rate Gap
  • 6th – Change in Business Ownership Rate Gap
  • 25th – Change in Gap in % of Residents with at Least a High School Diploma
  • 5th – Change in NAEP Test Scores Gap
  • 2nd – Change in Voter Turnout Gap

Note: All of the above comparisons refer to the gaps between whites and blacks over time.

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