Study: Segregation Declines Across U.S.

A study published by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research indicates U.S. cities are more integrated now than they have been since 1910. The findings are based on information from the 2010 Census.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

As people in Istanbul talk of economic segregation, a report in America examines racial segregation. The study finds that we are living in less segregated neighborhoods than in the past.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The examination of Census data comes from the Manhattan Institute, which explores urban issues from a free market perspective. Two academics looked at Census figures and found the segregation of African-Americans has reached its lowest point in a century.

INSKEEP: Fair housing laws allowed African-Americans into white neighborhoods. Black people have moved into suburbs. White people have moved into formerly all-black center city neighborhoods which have gentrified.

MONTAGNE: To be clear, it's not that racial differences have vanished in American neighborhoods. Chicago, for example, remains heavily segregated. Maybe you know a neighborhood that's almost all black or white.

INSKEEP: But the study concludes that entirely white urban neighborhoods, those with exactly zero black residents, have become all but extinct. This is NPR News.

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