Residential Segregation By Income Is On The Rise

New household data income from the Pew Research Center shows that residential segregation by income has increased over the past three decades. Between 1980 and 2010, the percentage of lower-income households located in majority lower-income areas rose from 23 to 28 percent, while the percentage of upper-income households in majority upper-income areas rose from 9 percent to 18 percent. As the study reports, “these increases are related to the long-term rise in income inequality, which has led to a shrinkage in the share of neighborhoods across the United States that are predominantly middle class or mixed income.” Pew also breaks down the data by the largest U.S. metro areas: