MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A wide gulf still separates homeownership rates between whites and minorities in Minnesota, although rates among Asians and American Indians surged since 1990, according to new 2000 census data.
"The truly disappointing piece of this picture is that here we are in 2001 and none of these groups have parity in homeownership with whites, and nowhere near it," said Emmett Carson, head of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Among the census findings:
-- American Indians and Asians made the biggest strides in homeownership. More than half now own their homes.
-- The Black homeownership rate in 2000 was 31.5 percent, a slight increase from 30.9 percent in 1990. The 2000 rate was the lowest of any group.
-- Homeownership among whites remained high and is now more than 77 percent.
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Kit Hadley said the home ownership rate among blacks is particularly troubling.
"Racial discrimination against African-Americans is particularly entrenched in our society, in just about every aspect of our economic and social lives, including mortgage lending, real-estate practices and jobs," Hadley said.
Statewide, whites are more than twice as likely to own their homes as blacks. The gap widened in the 1990s.
However, the blacks and other minorities that do own homes are finding it easier to move out of the central cities and into the suburbs.
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