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Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000

a PSC Data Resource

Resource Source:U.S. Census Bureau

Abstract

Data recently released from Census 2000 provide an opportunity to examine the extent of changes in racial and ethnic residential segregation in the last 2 decades of the 20th century. Segregation can result from, among other factors, voluntary choices people make about where they want to live or from the involuntary restriction of choices, such as through discrimination in the housing market, or from a lack of information about residential opportunities. This study does not attempt to identify the causes of racial and ethnic residential segregation (or simply "segregation"), nor do we argue that segregation is a more serious problem in one area than another. This report simply describes the extent of, and changes in, segregation over the 1980 to 2000 period. Because segregation is much more of an issue in urban environments, we focused on segregation patterns in metropolitan areas across the United States.

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Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000 (Source: Census Bureau [pdf])
Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000 (Source: Census Bureau [html])

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