Our Resource Hub compiles the best-available research on racial wealth equity, including easy-to-read summaries written by our team. Most research is from outside national experts, but the Hub includes some written by Boston Indicators and our local partners.see more
A Long Road Home: A Racial Equity Analysis of Homeownership Support Programs in MassachusettsRead more about A Long Road Home: A Racial Equity Analysis of Homeownership Support Programs in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has among the largest racial homeownership gaps in the country, but we also have some model affordable homeownership programs working to make a difference.
Racial Wealth Equity Research and Conversation Series: Education, Retirement, and InheritancesRead more about Racial Wealth Equity Research and Conversation Series: Education, Retirement, and Inheritances
For families in 50th to 95th percentile of wealth, in particular, retirement assets (including DB pension benefits) play a large role in wealth, actually composing the largest single asset class for these families, surpassing even housing wealth. Including these benefits in estimates of total wealth bring Black and Latino households a bit closer to wealth parity with their White peers.
Racial Wealth Equity Chartbook: National Trends and the Challenges of Local DataRead more about Racial Wealth Equity Chartbook: National Trends and the Challenges of Local Data
Both in Massachusetts and in the nation as a whole, there’s been growing recognition of troubling wealth disparities based on race, ethnicity, income and education. To provide a baseline overview of these dynamics, this chartbook walks through a selection of the best existing data on racial wealth inequity, on the national level and with some insights at the local Boston level.
What Is Racial Wealth Inequity?
The “Racial Wealth Gap” Explained
When looking at wealth holdings by race, stark differences emerge. This observation is true not just of Metro Boston, but for the whole of the United States.
These concerns lead to important questions: How does wealth vary across racial groups? How are these differences measured? Click “Learn More” to get answers to these and other important questions about wealth. Our helpful racial wealth inequity overview and FAQ also points to deeper resources that illustrate the full scope of the problem — and its potential solutions.
Massachusetts shows progress on poverty, but remains worse than 21 other states due to high cost of living
September 21, 2022