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Week of 8.29.08

By the Numbers: How Equal Are We?

Income
Average household income
White $52,115
African American $33,916
Asian American $66,103
Hispanic $38,679
American Indian/
Alaska Native
$33,627
Source: US Census, 2007
Percentage of people living
below the poverty line
White 10.5%
African American 24.5%
Asian American 10.2%
Hispanic 21.5%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
25.3%
Source: US Census, 2007


Health
Average life expectancy
White 77.3 yrs
African American 71.7 yrs
Asian American 84.9 yrs
Native American 72.7 yrs
Source: Harvard Initiative
for Global Health
, 2006
Percentage of people
without health insurance
White 14.3%
African American 19.5%
Asian American 16.8%
Hispanic 32.1%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
32.1%
Source: US Census, 2007


Education
Percentage of people
with a college degree
White 28%
African American 19%
Asian American 50%
Hispanic 12%
Source: US Census, 2007
Percentage of people
with a high school diploma
White 86%
African American 81%
Asian American 87%
Hispanic 59%
Source: US Census, 2007