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While majorities say Black and White Americans have equal chances to get a job, housing or good education, each reading is at its lowest in over 30 years.

by Justin Lall and RJ Reinhart

The Greater Washington Community Foundation and Gallup have developed a listening initiative to better understand the needs of the community.

Although still mostly positive, the percentages of Americans saying blacks are on par with whites in obtaining jobs is the lowest since Dr. Martin Luther King's era.

U.S. homeownership rates are down eight percentage points since 2009, with declines evident among most major demographic groups except older Americans.

Per capita GDP has grown 1% per year from 2007 to 2015

An August 1945 Gallup poll foreshadowed the housing boom and related economic expansion after World War II by finding that nearly one in four Americans, and even higher proportions of young adults, were planning to build their own home.

Thirty-five percent of Americans favor real estate as the best long-term investment choice, a four-percentage-point gain from last year that moves it further ahead of stocks (22%), gold (17%), savings accounts (15%) and bonds (7%).

One in four Hawaii residents are satisfied with the "availability of good, affordable housing" where they live, by far the lowest percentage in any state. Wisconsin has the highest percentage of satisfied residents, at 82%.