|By Eric Fleischauer, The Decatur Daily, Ala.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The lawsuit asks
As part of its defense of the lawsuit, the city hired
The city contends that without a majority minority district,
Cooper, who has a bachelor's degree in economics from
In an 83-page report submitted last month, Cooper, relying primarily on 2010 and 2012 U.S. Census data, summarized the socioeconomic disparities between whites and blacks in
Of persons 25 years of age or older in
At the other end of the educational scale, for ages 25 and older, 6.1 percent of blacks have a bachelor's degree or higher -- less than one-fourth of the 28.3 percent rate achieved by whites.
Nearly two-thirds of black households (63.4 percent) rent their residences compared to a rental rate of about one-fourth (25.5 percent) for white households.
Nearly one-fifth of black households (18.5 percent) have annual incomes less than
Black median household income is
Black family households exhibit an even greater median income disparity compared to white family households --
Blacks in the city experience a poverty rate that is about three times the poverty rate for whites -- 32.4 percent of blacks live below the poverty line, versus 10.1 percent of whites. In addition, nearly half of black children (49.7 percent) live in poverty, compared to only about one in six white children (16.1 percent).
Reflecting the high black poverty rate, about four times as many black households rely on food stamps compared to white households -- 38.4 percent of black households participate in the
The black unemployment rate (for ages 16 to 64) is nearly triple the rate for whites. At the time of the survey, 21.5 percent of working-age blacks were unemployed, compared to a 7.8 percent rate for whites.
Just 10.9 percent of blacks in
More than half of blacks older than 65 (56.7 percent) are disabled, compared to about one-third of whites (34.2 percent) in this age category.
Nearly one-third (30.8 percent) of working age blacks lack health insurance, compared to 14.8 percent of their white counterparts.
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