This talk will report the latest findings on two aspects of residential segregation. One is simply how separately other racial/ethnic groups live from whites in metropolitan America. This is important as an indicator of the strength of social boundaries as reflected in space. We include the most recent data from Census 2020 and analyze trends decade by decade since 1980. The other is the disparity in neighborhood conditions that is associated with segregation. Because African Americans and Latinos on average have much lower incomes than whites and Asians, in our market-based society they inevitably live in less advantaged places. We therefore compare people in similar income categories, using the American Community Survey 2015-2019 in conjunction with data from earlier decades, to assess neighborhood-level disparities for lower-income, middle income, and affluent families who are white, black, Latino, and Asian. Segregation remains high and neighborhoods remain very unequal, but there are some signs of positive change.
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