Receiving an inheritance helps white families more than black families: Median family wealth by race and whether the family received an inheritance

White Black
Families without an inheritance $183,050 $33,969 
Families with an inheritance $287,457 $38,174

Source: Thompson, Jeffrey P. and Gustavo A. Suarez (2015). “Exploring the Racial Wealth Gap Using the Survey of Consumer Finances,” Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-076. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,

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