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These maps show 21 highly segregated USA cities

Analysis of the 2010 Census data shows how major cities are still segregated by neighbourhood a half century after the civil rights movement.
May 5th 2013, 11:00 AM 18,713 61

RACIAL SEGREGATION REMAINS an issue in America, and it’s lasting longer than anyone expected.

Just how bad things are can be determined through analysis of 2010 Census data.

The average black person lives in a neighbourhood that is 45 percent black. Without segregation, his neighbourhood would be only 13 per cent black, according to professors John Logan and Brian Stults at Brown and Florida State.

Logan and Stult evaluated segregation in major cities with a dissimilarity index, which identifies the percentage of one group that would have to move to a different neighborhood to eliminate segregation. A score above 60 on the dissimilarity index is considered extreme.

In the following slides, we have ranked the most segregated cities in ascending order. They are illustrated with maps of cities by race created by Eric Fischer and publicly available on Flickr. The red dots show white people, blue is black, orange is Hispanic, green is Asian, and yellow is other.

- Rebecca Baird-Remba and Gus Lubin

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