The annual equality index measures how blacks fare relative to whites in areas of economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. Using whites as a benchmark, blacks fall about 28 percent short, according to the researchers. The report also studied Hispanics, finding a 20 percent shortfall to whites.
Metro areas in Texas, California, Nevada and Florida rated most equal in terms of unemployment. No Ohio city made the top half of the list. Columbus (41), Akron (51), Cincinnati (54), Cleveland (68) and Toledo (70) all fared poorer than Dayton (40).