The population of New Orleans is 67 percent black. 35 percent of black households do not own a motor vehicle, compared to 15 percent of white households.
The city has the second highest rate of child poverty in the US. It is the tenth poorest city in the US.
The population of the devastated Lower 9th ward has an average household income of £14,600. A quarter of the households there survive on less than £5,400 a year.
Across the state of Louisiana, where New Orleans is located, the equivalent of more than two classrooms of young people drop out of education every day.
Many young black men from New Orleans end up in Angola prison, a former slave plantation where inmates still do manual farm labour. Over 90 percent of inmates eventually die in the prison.
In total 37 million Americans are living in poverty, a total rate of 12.7 percent.
By 1999 the net worth of the typical American white family was £44,000 compared to £4,000 for the typical black family.
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