Ohio One of the Worst in Country for Racial Progress Study Finds

In a new study by Wallethub, Analysts have found that Ohio is #43 in both Racial Integration and Racial Progress, ranking in the bottom 50 for the entire United States.

The findings by Wallethub’s Analysts compared 50 states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions:

  • Employment & Wealth
  • Education & Civic Engagement
  • Health

“This analysis compares only blacks and whites in light of racial tensions in recent years that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and the observance of the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation and discrimination against blacks.” They write in their summary.

For racial integration, the states making up the bottom 10 consist of 8 Mid-Western States, while the bottom 10 for Racial Progress were more diverse in their geographic locations.

Ohio also ranked in:

Highest Infant Mortality Rate Gap (#37)

Lowest Change in Standardized Test Scores (#32)

The total breakdown of their 16 unique metrics include:

Employment & Wealth – Total Points: 50

  • Median Annual Income: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Labor-Force Participation Rate: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Homeownership Rate: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Poverty Rate: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Business Ownership Rate: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Share of Government Workers: Full Weight (6.25 Points)
  • Share of Executives: Full Weight (6.25 Points)

Education & Civic Engagement – Total Points: 30

  • Share of Residents with at Least a High School Degree: Full Weight (7.50 Points)
  • Share of Residents with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree: Full Weight (7.50 Points)
  • Standardized Test Scores: Full Weight (7.50 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
  • Voter-Turnout Rate (2012 Presidential Election): Full Weight (7.50 Points)

Health – Total Points: 20

  • Share of Preterm Births: Full Weight (5.00 Points)
  • Share of Live Births with Low Birthweight (<2,500 Grams): Full Weight (5.00 Points)
  • Infant Mortality Rate: Full Weight (5.00 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of deaths of infants younger than one year per 1,000 live births.
  • Suicide Rate: Full Weight (5.00 Points)



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