Based on the my previous blog post showing that it’s not clear that non-black Hispanics are more criminal-prone than whites, and we all know that Asians are a model minority, it follows that the best indicator of the quality of life of a particular geographic area is not the whiteness of the population, but rather the non-blackness of it.
Here is a list of the least-black states.
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It's quite a diverse list. It includes SWPLy states like Colorado, Oregon, and Vermont, redneck states like Wyoming and Idaho, Bible Belt states like North Dakota and South Dakota, and there's even a Mormon state.
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One thing you notice from looking at the NY Times Census Map is the general rule that the highest concentration of blacks is in the county containing the state’s largest city.
For example, Minnesota is only 5% black, but Hennepin County which contains the state’s largest city, Minneapolis, is 12% black. South Dakota is only 1% black, but Minnehaha County which contains the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, is 4% black. Massachusetts is only 6% black but Suffolk County which contains the state’s largest city, Boston, is 20% black. Maryland is 29% black but the city of Baltimore, the state’s largest city, is 63% black.
Probably, one of the reasons why cities have such a bad reputation in the United States is because of the high concentration of blacks living in the cities. Cities have a much better reputation in Europe because Europe has different demographic factors.