100% stacked bar chart of US population by race, population by race in Covid areas and proportion of Covid deaths by race.

US Covid-19 Deaths by Race

Covid-19 has affected Black Americans more than other racial groups, as shown in this 100% stacked bar chart. While Blacks make up 12.5% of the US population and 18.2% in places where Covid-19 deaths are occurring, they account for 22.4% of deaths. Data are from the National Center for Health Statistics and were reported in the Wall Street Journal on May 15, 2020.

Other racial groups are less affected. Hispanics account for 18.3% of the US population and 26.8% in places where Covid-19 deaths are occurring, they account for 16.6% of deaths. Asian Americans account for 5.7% of the US population and 11.5% in places where Covid-19 deaths are occurring, they account for only 5.8% of deaths. Non-Hispanic Whites account for 60.4% of the US population and 41.4% in places where Covid-19 deaths are occurring, they account for  only 52.3% of deaths.

US Covid-19 Deaths by Race in a 100% Stacked Bar Chart

100% stacked bar chart of US population by race, population by race in Covid areas and proportion of Covid deaths by race.

How I Made this 100% Stacked Bar Chart

Here is the data I used to create the 100% stacked bar chart:

100% stacked bar chart of US population by race, population by race in Covid areas and proportion of Covid deaths by race.

Here's how I made the chart:

  • type the Covid-19 deaths data from the Wall Street Journal article in the Mekko Graphics Data Editor
  • custom sort the bars to display with share of population on the left and share of deaths on the right
  • custom sort the series so that Blacks appear at the bottom of each bar
  • color the series so that Blacks are light blue and all other groups are light gray to make the message of the chart stand out more
  • hide the x and y axes
  • adjust internal margins and bar gaps

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