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Housing Integration Increasing Across U.S.

February 1, 2012
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The 2010 census showed that the nation’s cities are more racially integrated than at any time since 1910. All-white communities are nearly extinct. Black urban ghettoes are getting smaller.

In a new study three main reasons are given:

  • The arrival of immigrants
  • The movement of blacks to the suburbs
  • The gentrification of black neighborhoods

The most integration took place between blacks and Asian and Hispanic people.

An expert said: “There is much more black-white neighborhood integration than 40 years ago. We never anticipated such declines in segregation. Nevertheless, blacks are still more segregated from whites than are Hispanics or Asians.”

Experts said the problem of racial isolation is not solved.

Still, only 20 percent of blacks now live in “ghetto” neighborhoods, compared with nearly 50 percent who did fifty years ago. Most of the cities with the highest rates of integration are in the Sun Belt.

The New York Times


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