By: Gokul Menon January, 22, 2020


A study conducted on poverty based on race/ethnicity revealed a continuing gap between racial and ethnic communities in the country.

Gavop gathered state-wise data from eight states in the U.S. with the most significant difference between communities among racial lines. This was done to conduct in-depth research into the disparities in the country along racial and ethnic lines. As the above infographic suggests, the gap between the two communities still seems to be quite large.

Vermont exhibits the largest gap between these communities. The difference between Blacks and Whites in Vermont is a whopping 36.4 percent, with 47.4 percent of the Black population in poverty. Maine is second on this list, with a difference of 34.8 percent. But, Maine is the state with the most number of Blacks in poverty, at 48.2 percent. South Dakota,  North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Mississippi are the other states that make their way into this infamous list.

In terms of the lowest gaps from the black population to the white, Puerto Rico has the least difference, with 3.5 percent. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Alaska are the other states that made it to this list.


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Gokul Menon

Gokul works as a writer at Gavop. He holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s in English from Madras Christian College. He has been a part of a couple of theatre groups, like Masquerade Youth Theatre and Theatre No. 59 and enjoyed being a part of Literary and Debating circles in Chennai. Gokul is an avid reader and has presented a few academic papers. He spends more time on Goodreads, than on any other social media platform.