- Measuring Blight
- Volume 24 Number 2
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Researching Homeownership Inequalities: A Life-Cycle Perspective
John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
In 2019, the median Black household in the United States held only one-eighth the wealth of the median White household—$24,100 in total net wealth, compared with $188,200 in net wealth for White households (Bhutta et al., 2020). This large racial disparity in wealth has its roots in disparities in homeownership. Housing wealth is the primary source of wealth for many Americans, and Black households own homes at much lower rates than White households. In 2019, only 42 percent of Black households owned a home, compared with 72 percent of White households (McCargo and Choi, 2020)—a 30 percentage point gap in the homeownership rate. This gap has persisted over decades due, in part, to historically racialized policies that locked Black households out of ownership (Rothstein, 2017).
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