Minorities Move Up Social Ladder, Stay in Poorer Neighborhoods

A new study shows how even as minorities move up the social ladder, they tend to live in poorer neighborhoods, reports Joanna Lin for California Watch.
August 2, 2011, 1pm PDT | Kristopher Fortin
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With Asians as the only exception, "minorities at every income level live in poorer neighborhoods than their white counterparts."

"'More is at work here than simple market processes that place people according to their means,' US 2010 Project Director John Logan said in the report. 'There is a substantial component of segregation that cannot be accounted for by income.'"

"These figures reflect the racial and ethnic isolation in which minorities live, researchers said. Across the United States, black, Hispanic and Asian households live in neighborhoods with higher proportions of their own race and ethnicity than are in their greater metropolitan regions. The average black household, for example, lived in a neighborhood where 40.7 percent of residents were black, even though blacks made up 19 percent of the metropolitan region."

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Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in California Watch
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