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Residential Segregation By Income Is On The Rise

By Tara Culp-Ressler on August 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

"Residential Segregation By Income Is On The Rise"

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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:

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