The Changing Face of Residential Segregation

A new analysis published in The Professional Geographer, finds that although racial diversity in American cities has increased in the past two decades, highly diverse neighborhoods are still very rare.

The study was conducted by Richard Wright, professor of geography at Dartmouth College, Steven R. Holloway, professor of geography at the University of Georgia, and Mark Ellis, professor of geography at the University of Washington.

Professor Wright states, “The trend we’ve seen is for predominantly white tracts to become more racially diverse. We’ve also seen an increase in the number of tracts that are Latino-dominated and undiverse, and a greater count of Asian-dominated tracts that are undiverse. And this is because of immigration. African Americans have a longer history of settlement in the United States. And while the number of low-diversity, African American neighborhoods has declined a little, it’s nowhere near the same rate as low-diversity, white-dominated tracts. So old histories are getting rewritten in these metropolitan areas, but African Americans remain segregated.”

The following video shows Professor Wright discussing the study.


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