Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs – Hispanics Hit Hardest

Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics
By: Rakesh Kochhar, Richard Fry and Paul Taylor
Source: Pew Research Center

From report:

The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009.

These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began publishing such data a quarter century ago and roughly twice the size of the ratios that had prevailed between these three groups for the two decades prior to the Great Recession that ended in 2009.

Recession Study Finds Hispanics Hit the Hardest
By Sabrina Tavernise
Source: New York Times

From article:

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hispanic families accounted for the largest single decline in wealth of any ethnic and racial group in the country during the recession, according to a study published Tuesday by the Pew Foundation.

The study, which used data collected by the Census Bureau, found that the median wealth of Hispanic households fell by 66 percent from 2005 to 2009. By contrast, the median wealth of whites fell by just 16 percent over the same period. African Americans saw their wealth drop by 53 percent. Asians also saw a big decline, with household wealth dropping 54 percent.

Pew Research report (PDF); Methodology
New York Time Article

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