State of the African-American Male

Information courtesy of Sankofa Safe Child Initiative in collaboration with Congressman Danny K. Davis.

Chicago Community Snapshot: Austin

  • 50% of the Census Tracts in Austin have been in poverty for over 30 years.
  • In 2016, 60644 (Austin) was the zip code with the largest number of post releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections and 90% of those individuals were African-American males.
  • The African-American population is 84%.
  • Austin is the community area with the most homicides from 2001-2016.
  • 41% of the people earn approximately $15,000 per year.
  • Drop out rate is 21%.

Fact Sheet

Poverty for African-American males 24 and under

  • Nationally, 55% of African-American males live below the poverty level, which is 41% higher than the national average.
  • In Chicago, 27% of African-American males are in poverty, which is almost double the city’s poverty rate.

Labor for African-American males 24 and under

  • Nationally, 47% of African-American males are not in the labor force.
  • In Chicago, 52% of African-American males are not in the labor force.

Unemployment for African-American males 24 and under

  • Nationally, the African-American males’ unemployment rate is 8.1%, almost double the national average.
  • In Chicago, the African-American males’ unemployment rate is 21%, more than triple the national average.

Income for African-American males 24 and under

  • Nationally, 72% of African-American males earn less than the national media income.
  • In Chicago, 68% of African-American males earn less than the national median income ($51,939).

Education Attainment

  • In Chicago, 41% of African-American males graduated from high school, while 59% did not. In comparison, the graduation rate for white males is 64%.

Incarceration

  • In 2016, 60644 (Austin) was the zip code with the largest number of post releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections and 90% of those individuals were African-American males.
  • In 2016, African-American males represented 57% of total post releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  • In 2016, Chicago had the highest number of people reentering the community, the total number of post releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections at 76%.

Violence

  • From 2001 to 2016, the race breakdown in the Top 20 community areas where the most homicides occurred: 74% African-American, 17% Latino,
    7% White, and 1% Asian.
  • The median income for the Top 20 community areas with the most homicides was 55% less than the Bottom 20 community areas with the least number of homicides.

Sources:

  • The City of Chicago Data Portal provides crime statistics from 2001-current for the 77 community areas in the City of Chicago.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates
  • U.S. Census Bureau Report: Poverty Areas in the United States: 1990
  • U.S. Census Bureau, CookCountyIL_117_Tracts_Poverty_ACS_14_5YR_S1701_with_annotation
  • Illinois Department of Corrections, Planning and Research
  • The Schott Foundation for Public Education, “Black Lives Matter.”