How far have we come since the fair housing act? Black-white segregation in the last 45 years
Data Source: ACS
Next month will mark 45 years since passage of the fair housing act. The act, among other things, prohibits housing discrimination based on race and was aimed at combating increasing black/white racial segregation. So how segregated are we today, how far have we come, and how far do we have to go?
To examine these questions we looked at tract-level census data from 1970 through 2010 for neighborhoods in 268 metro areas. Using these data, we calculated a widely used measure of segregation, called a dissimilarity index, which ranges from 0-if the mix of whites and blacks is the same in every neighborhood-to 100-if no whites have any blacks living in their neighborhoods, or vice versa.
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