This is an update of the 2003 report, which was the first of its kind. The 2007 report highlighted key trends in racial and ethnic disparities. The data in the recent report reflects disparities that improved and those that declined since the 2003 report. Many of the same disparities found in the 2003 report were also found in the data analysis for the 2007 report. However, some indicators show the gaps between racial and ethnic groups are increasing, while others show that some progress is being made in reducing disparities.
- For the black or African American population, disparities improved (the gap reduced) in median household income, persons below 200% of the poverty rate; high school graduation rate (in some school districts); and death rate from heart disease (males and females), stroke (males), and diabetes (females).
- For the black or African American population, disparities worsened (the gap increased) in the poverty rate for youth and seniors; unemployment rate; school discipline rate (in some school districts); death rate from cancer (males and females), diabetes (males), and homicide (male); new AIDS cases (black males); and admissions of youth to the juvenile detention facility.
- For the Hispanic or Latino population, disparities improved (the gap reduced) in median household income, and disparities worsened (the gap increased) in persons below 200% of the poverty rate; adult education attainment; and the teen birth rate.