Martin Luther King Jr. Day Report: New Mexico Is 2020’s Most Racially Integrated State


With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying race relations are “generally bad,” the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos.

To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 21 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from median annual income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout.

This report examines the differences between only blacks and whites in light of the high-profile police-brutality incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. We released this report to coincide with 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.

Racial Integration* in New Mexico (1=Most Integrated, 25=Avg.)

Note: All of the following comparisons refer to the gaps between whites and blacks, according to the most recent available data:

  • 4th – Median Annual Income Gap
  • 12th – Labor-Force Participation Rate Gap
  • 4th – Unemployment Rate Gap
  • 15th – Homeownership Rate Gap
  • 4th – Poverty Rate Gap
  • 1st – Gap in % of Adults* with at Least a High School Diploma
  • 3rd – Gap in % of Adults* with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4th – Standardized-Test Scores Gap

*“Adults” include the population aged 25 and older.

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