Those lists aren't wrong. Minnesota has great parks and outdoor scenery, low crime and cost of living, and a solid, diversified economy. But things aren't great for everybody.
A new study by WalletHub, a personal finance site that does a ton of these types of state-by-state analyses, found that in Minnesota the financial gap between whites and minorities is the biggest in the nation.
The study used data from the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure each state's (and District of Columbia's) gap between whites and minorities in four main categories: median income (4th highest), home ownership (3rd), poverty rate (3rd) and education level (14th).
Taken altogether Minnesota's composite score put us dead last.
This echos a report published a year ago by the state's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights examining minority unemployment in Minnesota.
That report found blacks in Minnesota were three times more likely as whites to be unemployed and three times less likely to own a home. In Minneapolis
blacks minorities make up 40 percent of the population but hold only 17 percent of the jobs. And the achievement gap between whites and minorities in Minneapolis Public Schools is one of the largest in the nation.
Correction: The report stated nonwhite populations, not blacks, make up 40 percent of Minneapolis's population.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the new city council deserve some credit for making racial inequity a huge priority, but until the gap begins to close we're going to have to take every one of the state's accolades with a huge grain of salt.
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