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Worst Cities for African Americans

Thinking about moving? You want to go somewhere new to try something different. That’s a great thing but there are some places that you might not want to move to. Overall, African-Americans are doing well. Unemployment is down to 6% and the average income in African-American homes is about $36,651. USA Today reports that we are still about approximately $24,000 less than White households.

Still, that’s bad, so where should you NOT move too?

Below are the top five cities outlined by 25/7 Wall St. and USA Today that are the worst for Black Americans.

  1. Peoria, Illinois
  • Black population: 34,462 (9.1 percent)

    • Black median income: $27,085 (45.6 percent of white income)

    • Unemployment: 17.9 percent black; 5.6 percent white

    • Homeownership rate: 31.4 percent black; 76.1 percent white

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Black population: 270,924 (7.8 percent)

    • Black median income: $31,653 (41.5 percent of white income)

    • Unemployment: 12.3 percent black; 3.9 percent white

    • Homeownership rate: 24.6 percent black; 75.8 percent white

  1. Racine, Wisconsin
  • Black population: 21,450 (11.0 percent)

    • Black median income: $26,888 (42.3 percent of white income)

    • Unemployment: 16.6 percent black; 6.1 percent white

    • Homeownership rate: 31.4 percent black; 77.1 percent white

  1. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
  • Black population: 260,776 (16.6 percent)

    • Black median income: $27,834 (42.5 percent of white income)

    • Unemployment: 16.1 percent black; 4.2 percent white

    • Homeownership rate: 28.2 percent black; 69.5 percent white

  1. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Black population: 12,085 (7.1 percent)

    • Black median income: $25,897 (46.8 percent of white income)

    • Unemployment: 23.9 percent black; 4.4 percent white

    • Homeownership rate: 32.8 percent black; 73.2 percent white

Visit USA Today to see which cities rounded out the list.

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