Census: Income gap growing in cities like Cleveland

CLEVELAND - New Census numbers show a widening income gap between African-Americans and Caucasians.

One of the cities specifically mentioned in the report is Cleveland that was released on Thursday.

The report paints a bleak picture of the income gap, which has reached the widest ratio since the 1990s. It is being felt the most in larger cities like Cleveland.

According to the Census Report, affluent African-Americans are leaving industrial cities, heading to the suburbs and the south. Lower skilled African-Americans are staying in those cities.

Across America, the average Caucasian person earned about 1.7 times more than African-Americans.

The disparity was even greater in Cleveland and similar cities like Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia.

The share of African-American households ranking among the poorest of the poor grew. Over the past decade about 26 percent reported making less than $15,000 a year.

The number of African-Americans making more than $200,000 remained unchanged, despite the recent economic downtown.

To read the full report, visit http://www.census.gov/.

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