While overall homeownership rates are shrinking, the decrease is far more pronounced for some minorities, especially black Americans. That’s the takeaway from a recent report from ApartmentList.
This racial divide underscores the increasing inequality that plagues the United States. By building equity, homeowners accumulate wealth, leading to the striking fact that the net worth of the average homeowner is 36 times more than that of the average renter. This makes it all the more troubling that minorities are less likely to own homes, particularly as their share of the population grows. The share of white households in the U.S. is currently 61.8 percent, down from 80.5 percent in 1980, and the Census Bureau projects that more than half of the American population will belong to a minority group by 2044.
In Dallas, one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in Dallas, the homeownership gap for minorities has decreased by 1.8 percent, but black Americans are still worse off than fellow ethnic minorities.