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Racial disparity, segregation persist in St. Louis

Racial Disparities

Black residents of metropolitan St. Louis comprise 18.1 percent of the population yet 85.9 percent of the people living in concentrated poverty are black. Almost one third of black St. Louis residents fall under the federal threshold for poverty, compared to 8.4 percent of whites. The unemployment rate for black adults in St. Louis, 13.5 percent, is three times higher than that for whites. About twice as many whites have college degrees, 34.9 percent, than do blacks, 17.6 percent. Median household income for blacks in St. Louis is about half of what it is for whites. Just one out of 20 white households in the metro area does

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