Racial Wealth Divide in Baltimore

Data Profile: Baltimore

Economic inequality has expanded over the past decade, shutting the windows of opportunity for millions of Americans. In urban centers, this growing inequality has manifested through gentrification and concentrated poverty in communities of color.

Though Baltimore bills itself as a city of the future, the economic plight of many of its residents suggest a struggle to break free of the past. Indeed, historical policies designed to “quarantine blacks,” as Baltimore’s mayor put it in 1911, have contributed to a city in which one’s race is a dominant determinant of one’s overall life outcomes.

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