CAN Equity Blog

National Urban League’s Annual Equality Index

The National Urban League has released its annual Equality Index, which compares the quality of life for Black, Hispanic, and White Americans. The 41st annual survey was released May 2nd and reports modest gains for Black Americans. The equality index measures quality of life in terms of economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement.
Metro areas are graded on two economic indicators – employment and income. The report finds the Austin five-county metro area was the eighth most equitable in terms of employment for Blacks as compared to Whites and eleventh most equitable for income among the 71 metro areas included in the study.
Austin ranked much worse in its equality between Whites and Hispanics. Austin was 49th among 71 metro’s in unemployment equality and 50th in income equality between Whites and Hispanics.