In Kendall County, a Chicago suburb, black households made $96,146 compared to the $89,236 of whites. It's an anomaly, nationally and in Cook County where the $34,935 black median household income was less than half that of whites.
This finding is described in the publication Stateline. The few places where black income equalled or exceeded white often were places where military personnel and retirees lived. Or in exurban areas, such as Kendall County:
In [exurban areas] with the highest black income — Kendall County, Illinois; Stafford County, Virginia; and Fayette County, Georgia — college education rates are high for both blacks and whites. Marriage rates also are high, which results in more two-income families that can afford some of the expensive homes there.
College education creates job opportunities, but doesn’t fully explain or solve the black-white income gap, according to the EPI [the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute] study. Pay for new black male college graduates, for example, is 18 percent below that for white male grads.
The greatest similarities may be their proximity to core urban areas and high-paying corporate or government jobs, as well as their supply of affordable, albeit expensive, homes and good schools.
Valerie Wilson of EPI said affluent black families may have had to move farther from cities to find the good housing and schools they seek because the black middle class, with less net worth, cannot afford rising housing prices in the cities or private schools.
Kendall County, located southwest of Chicago, was the nation's fastest growing county in the last decade.
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