Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Rhode Island

Racial and ethnic disparities is the gap that exists in outcomes for children of different racial and ethnic groups in Rhode Island. Disparities exist in economic well-being, health, safety and education outcomes.

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Rhode Island's children are diverse in racial and ethnic background. According to the 2010 Census, 72% of Rhode Island children under age 18 were White, 8% were Black or African American, 3% were Asian, 1% were Native American, 9% of children were identified as “Some other race,” and 7% as “Two or more races.” In 2010, 21% of children living in Rhode Island were Hispanic (Hispanic children can be of any race).

Black and Hispanic children are more likely than White and Asian children to live in neighborhoods that lack the resources needed for them to grow up healthy and successful. At the time of the 2010 Census, nearly three-quarters (67%) of Rhode Island’s minority children lived in one of the four core cities (those cities with the highest percentage of children living in poverty). In 2010, more than three-quarters of the children in Providence (84%) and Central Falls (87%) were of minority racial and ethnic backgrounds. Children living in areas of concentrated poverty, who are more likely to be Black or Hispanic, face challenges above and beyond the burdens of individual poverty.

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  • Annie E. Casey Foundation National Data Center – Demographics Indicators
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT contributes data to the national KIDS COUNT Data Center, which is managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.The national KIDS COUNT Data Center connects you to over four million data points about the well-being of children and families in each state and across the country. You can easily access hundreds of indicators related to health, education, employment and income, child welfare, and many other topics. The Data Center is free and available to all.
  • National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
    To help programs and policies better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates together with university partners, launched the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families. The Center was established in 2013 by a five-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, an office of the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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