Census data shows black Minnesota household incomes in decline

by Brian Edwards

New census data for Minnesota shows income inequality continued to widen over the past year, reports the Star Tribune.


The data, released Thursday, showed a drop in income of $4,500 from 2013 to 2014, according to the Star Tribune.


Minnesota ranks 45th for black households’ income, with an average of about $27,000, according to CBS Minnesota.


American Indian median incomes also sit low on the spectrum at about $32,000, reports Minnesota Public Radio News.


The data shows nearly 113,000 black Minnesotans live in poverty, an increase of nearly 5 percent, according to MPR.


Meanwhile, between 2010 and 2014, the median income for whites rose nearly $7,000, reports MPR.


According the CBS, North Dakota and Wisconsin had even lower median incomes for African-Americans, at $23,319 and $26,053 respectively.

“It’s alarming,” said Steven Belton, interim president and CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League told the Star Tribune. “It’s a deepening of the income disparity, not only across the state but across the nation. When you pair that with the continuing disparities we have in education, health and wealth, it’s disturbing.