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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Atlanta: where segregation isn't so bad

On Tuesday, a mere 40 years after the Civil Rights movement, the Census Bureau will have some good race news to report. According to an Associate Press article, the data being released will reflect that black segregation is the lowest its been in a century, falling in three quarters of the U.S.'s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

Atlanta was among the cities where it was least likely that races would be segregated, along with Fort Myers, Fla., Honolulu and Miami. "Ghetto belt" cities (demographers' words, not mine) including Milwaukee, Detroit and Syracuse, N.Y., were the most segregated.

Of the methodology used, the article explains:

The findings on segregation are partly based on a demographic index that tracks the degree to which racial groups are evenly spread between city and suburb. The index ranges from 0 to 100, with 60 or above generally considered highly segregated. That index found that for large U.S. metros in 2009, the black-white segregation reading was 27, down from 33 in 2000 and the lowest in generations.

Hispanic integration, on the other hand, was "mixed. Researchers believe that recent Hispanic immigrants tend to "cluster together" for support.

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