TEXAS IS THIRD MOST RACIALLY INTEGRATED STATE IN THE COUNTRY!

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In his famous speech delivered in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his dream of a colorblind society — one that focuses on his children’s character, not on their dark complexion. America has certainly come a lot closer to realizing Dr. King’s vision. Segregation and discrimination, though still prevalent in some areas of the U.S., are no longer as pervasive as they were in the Civil Rights era.

But prominent incidents of police brutality against blacks during the past several years have threatened to reverse decades of social progress. In December 2014, the percentage of Americans identifying “race relations” as the nation’s most important problem, 13 percent, was the highest recorded since May 1992, according to Gallup. Back then, that figure stood at 15 percent, after Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of excessive-force or assault charges, triggering deadly riots in the California city.

Nonetheless, it’s important to emphasize how far Americans have come in harmonizing blacks and whites in the U.S. — whether in our workplaces, in our schools or in our voting booths. With that goal in mind and in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WalletHub’s analysts checked the racial temperature of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify which among them has made the biggest strides in the name of equality and integration. We examined 10 key indicators of such progress, ranging from median annual income to homeownership rates to voter turnout. Scroll down for the results, additional expert commentary and a detailed methodology.
1 Rankings Based on Racial Integration
2 Rankings Based on Racial Progress
3 Ask the Experts
4 Methodology

Rankings Based on Racial Integration

These rankings measure the current integration level of whites and blacks. We have also constructed a separate ranking of the states’ level of racial progress achieved over time.
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Overall Rank

State

Total Score

‘Employment & Wealth’ Rank

‘Education & Civic Engagement’ Rank
1 Hawaii 79.40 1 9
2 New Mexico 73.26 2 2
3 Texas 71.19 4 3
4 Maryland 67.99 3 13
5 California 66.55 11 8
6 Nevada 66.09 14 6
7 Georgia 65.82 10 10
8 Kentucky 65.70 17 5
9 Tennessee 65.43 12 11
10 Delaware 65.15 5 19
11 Arizona 64.57 8 16
12 Oklahoma 64.07 22 4
13 Virginia 62.42 7 23
14 West Virginia 62.40 26 1
15 Alaska 61.64 6 34
16 North Carolina 61.16 18 15
17 New Hampshire 60.81 9 21
18 New Jersey 59.42 20 17
19 Alabama 59.13 25 14
20 Florida 58.20 13 35
21 New York 56.86 19 31
22 Montana 56.60 15 32
23 Arkansas 56.39 29 20
24 Missouri 56.00 34 18
25 South Carolina 55.62 21 35
26 Indiana 55.37 39 12
27 Mississippi 53.09 35 33
28 Utah 53.06 27 26
29 Washington 52.95 16 44
30 Louisiana 52.48 37 30
31 Oregon 52.21 33 29
32 Idaho 52.07 30 24
33 Connecticut 51.98 31 39
34 Wyoming 51.32 38 7
35 Massachusetts 50.91 24 42
36 Colorado 50.64 23 45
37 Vermont 50.08 32 38
38 Ohio 49.87 42 22
39 Pennsylvania 49.09 41 25
40 Rhode Island 48.22 28 48
41 Kansas 48.09 36 41
42 Illinois 46.14 46 27
43 North Dakota 44.42 44 28
44 Michigan 44.11 45 37
45 South Dakota 41.23 40 49
46 Nebraska 40.97 43 40
47 Iowa 34.28 48 46
48 Wisconsin 31.45 51 43
49 Maine 29.94 50 47
50 District of Columbia 28.52 47 51
51 Minnesota 27.97 49 50