ECONOMY -- August 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM EDT
Pew Report Finds Increased Residential Economic Segregation in U.S. Cities
A recent Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more likely to live in economically segregated neighborhoods today than 30 years ago. Pew looked at census data from 30 metropolitan cities and found a rise in economic segregation in 27 of those cities.
The report shows the number of people living in majority high-income neighborhoods has doubled in 30 years, from 9 percent to 18 percent. The number of those living in low-income neighborhoods has increased by 35 percent, from 23 percent to 28 percent. The middle or mixed-income class has shrunk from 85 percent in 1980 to 76 percent in 2010. The Pew research concludes that the increase in economic segregation is related to the rise in income inequality.
View the Pew Research Center Map on 10 Most Populated Metro Areas and Their Residential Segregation By Income.
The interactive map shows the economic segregation of 10 metropolitan cities. The neighborhoods are separated by different colors into high, mixed or middle, and low-income areas. The Pew Center defines "high-income" as households making over $104,000, "low-income" as households making under $34,000, and "middle class" as anything in between.