A Demographic Snapshot Of 'black' Cincinnati

Despite gains, data show challenges persist

CINCINNATI -- Non-Hispanic blacks represent about 44 percent of Cincinnati’s resident population – the city’s largest minority group. 

But the population count doesn't translate to overall social or economic gain. Data show blacks continue to lag behind other city residents in several key conditions.

As Cincinnati closes out its celebration of Black History Month, this demographic snapshot looks at gains made by its 130,000 black residents in recent years, and the challenges that persist.

The data come from American Community Survey one-year estimates for the city of Cincinnati since 2005.

Tab through each interactive graphic to see how black Cincinnati residents compare to the overall population. 

Age:  While the median age for all residents has dipped slightly the past eight years, it has actually inched upward for blacks.

Divorce:  The percent of divorced black residents took a dive from 2006-2008, and actually dropped below the overall average. Since then, it has been on the rise.

Education:  The gap in high school graduation rates among blacks and the overall population narrowed after 2008, when data started to include those earning GED (General Educational Development) diplomas.  By 2012, however, it was at its widest point in five years.

Homeowners:  The percent of black homeowners in the city rebounded after the nationwide housing market crisis in 2008, then spiraled down to an eight-year low in 2012.

Income:  In 2005, households headed by blacks earned about 77 cents for every dollar earned by all Cincinnati households. The gap has never been as close since then. By 2012, black households were earning a dime less.

Managers:  The number of working-age blacks with management jobs has inched upward since 2010, as the overall manager pool leveled.

Population:  Cincinnati’s black population has remained steady since 2005 – about 44 percent. Black population has dropped steadily since 2009, when it reached an eight-year peak.

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