While some have called the 21st century the end of segregation in American society, new research comes to a very different conclusion.
Researchers at Dartmouth, the University of Georgia, and the University of Washington decided to look at neighborhood data from the U.S. Census in 1990, 2000, and 2010 to compare trends in racial diversity. They then created “cartographic visualizations” of 53 large metropolitan areas and every state in the United States. What they found might–or might not–surprise you.
While the census data did show an increase in racial diversity in the country’s largest cities over the past 20 years, several other trends are also evident–African-Americans remain concentrated in segregated neighborhoods; highly diverse neighborhoods are actually rare; and newly arrived immigrants continue to settle in concentrated racial residential patterns.