Report about black Chattanoogans offers bleak picture, calls for unified action

photo Ken Chilton

Quick facts

* In the city’s 11 low-income neighborhoods, the average poverty rate is 63.5 percent.* In the same neighborhoods, 73 percent of residents are black and 26 percent are white.* In the city, the percentage of blacks in poverty rose from 28.5 percent in 2000 to 35.5 percent in 2013. The percentage of whites in poverty increased from 11 percent in 2000 to 14.5 percent in 2013.* In most of these neighborhoods the income of whites far exceeds those of blacks. For example, in the Southside, blacks earn, on average, $50,000 less than whites.* Unemployment in these neighborhoods is staggering. In the Westside, for example, 40 percent of blacks are unemployed.