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A new study from 24/7 Wall Street ranks the 50 states by prevalence of Black and white inequality.

“As much of the country rallies against racism, data suggests that the United States is a long way from full social or material equality,” Michael B. Sauter writes in the introduction to the list. “The results of years of discrimination is clear in today’s racial divide and myriad of inequalities.”

Landing at number one on the list is Wisconsin, which is unsurprising given the disparities in Milwaukee and Dane County. Milwaukee is one of the nation’s most segregated cities, second poorest major city, and in 2014 had the nation’s highest Black unemployment rate. In Dane County, where the capital city Madison is located, Black adults are eight times more likely than white adults to be arrested.

Second rated is Minnesota, which is reported to jail ten times as many Black people as white people. The median income for a Black household in the state is also less than half that of white households. This is the second year Wisconsin and Minnesota have claimed the top two spots. South Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa round out the top five.

Read the rest of the ranking on 24/7 Wall Street here.

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