Racial Equity Dashboard

A house is more than a home. It’s the clearest path to wealth in America. Looking at the Cape Fear Region’s numbers, access to wealth depends on the color of your skin.
We’re again expanding the scope of our Racial Equity Dashboard to continue to expose structural racism in our system so nonprofits, advocates, and policy makers in the Cape Fear Region can align these insights with existing programs and identify new interventions.

This week, we are highlighting economic disparities.
  • Home ownership is not equally distributed. The majority of census tracts in the region have between 50 percent to 75 percent of the Hispanic population living in rented homes.
  • In the Cape Fear region, there is a relationship between the percentage of the population that is White and the median home value. When a census tract reaches 75 percent White, home values rise at an exponential rate.
  • Across all six counties in the Cape Fear region, White households earn a higher median income than Black or Hispanic households. The county closest to parity is Onslow, though White households still earn 26 percent more than Black households.
No data point exists in a vacuum, but with each one, we explore the wider system. The Racial Equity Dashboard is just step one as we work toward a future of equity and opportunity in our region. For this to truly reflect our community and be a collaborative effort, we need your insights. After you explore the dashboard, tells us what you think at
Click Here to Explore the Dashboard
The economic impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years to come, but according to the results of our regional Cape Fear Talent survey, employers are still hiring.

Over 55% of employers surveyed since mid-March indicated their businesses would grow over the next three years.

"So, amid the pandemic and this jobs downturn, businesses are still expressing optimism about hiring,” Michael Hogan, economic development analyst with RTI International said during the survey’s unveiling. “But it's lower than peer regions in previous years. So, what we are optimistic about and what the data shows us is that companies are still planning for growth and they are expecting to hire between 9,600 and 17,500 new employees in the next three years."
Click here to learn more about what almost 500 regional employers told us about skills, training, and education needed for future job openings.
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Photo by Mallory Cash.
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