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A Portrait of California: California Human Development Report 2011

May 20, 2011

Presents data on human development trends in the state, including indicators of health, education, and income by nativity, gender, race/ethnicity, economic region, and geography, and considers factors behind disparities in life expectancy and income.

Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience (Key Findings)

November 1, 2010

Key findings from this second national human development report for the U.S. reveal new information on three core indicators of well-being and access to opportunity: life expectancy, median personal earnings, and access to education. Broken down into state and congressional district-levels, as well as for race and ethnicities and genders, we found startling disparities within the nation: In the 2007 -- 9 Great Recession, college graduates faced a combined unemployment and underemployment rate of 1 in 10; the rate for high school dropouts was greater than 1 in 3.An African American baby born today in DC has a life expectancy 12 years shorter than that of a white baby, at 71 years.Asian Americans in Connecticut have an average life span 26 years longer than Native Americans in South Dakota.Men earn more than women across all racial and ethnic groups, with the greatest disparity among whites, at $15,500 a year. The full report concludes with a set of recommendations for priority actions required to improve scores on the Index, and to address pressing issues and close the stark gaps that continue to separate groups.