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While Ann Arbor is consistently named the best place to live and known as the most educated city in the United States, the surrounding areas of Washtenaw County know a different reality.

Washtenaw County is the eighth most economically segregated metropolitan region in the country, according to a city press release. Moreover, 60 percent of African-American residents live in “low-opportunity areas with limited job growth” and there is a 10-year life expectancy gap between African-American and white residents –– 16 years between Latino and white residents.

Those statistics come from “One Community: Advancing Racial Equity in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County,” an initiative launched Monday. The numbers reveal segregation and a racial divide in health, job opportunities, income and education throughout the community.

New initiative aims to tackle inequality in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County

While Ann Arbor is consistently named the best place to live and known as the most educated city in the United States, the surrounding areas of Washtenaw County know a different reality.


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