Two fellows at the Manhattan Institute have analyzed data from 13 American population counts to track the rise and, more recently, the decline of racial segregation in American cities. The report, The End of the Segregated Century: Racial Separation in America’s Neighborhoods, 1890-2010, by Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor presents four main findings:
- The most standard segregation measure shows that American cities are now more integrated than they’ve been since 1910.
- All-white neighborhoods are effectively extinct.
- Gentrification and immigration have made a dent in segregation.
- Ghetto neighborhoods persist, but most are in decline.
The report uses the census data to provide a very informative historical survey of racial segregation in American cities. Do the report’s key findings match your observations in your community?