Panel Paper: Segregation Across Suburban Typologies: Findings From Census 2010

Thursday, November 7, 2013 : 11:30 AM
Boardroom (Ritz Carlton)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Katrin Anacker, George Mason University and Christopher Niedt, Hofstra University
Early analysis of Census 2010 data revealed slight declines in Black-White segregation across US metropolitan areas, with mixed results for Asian-White and Latino-White segregation (Frey, 2011; Logan and Stults, 2011). While illuminating, these analyses tell us little about place-level diversity and segregation at the local level, a topic that has gained considerable attention from social scientists and historians in the last ten years (Anacker, forthcoming; Nicolaides, 2002; Singer et al., 2008; Wiese, 2004). Metro-wide racial and ethnic segregation indices mask great variation among majority-minority, immigrant gateway, and homogenous white suburbs. Measures of class segregation across suburban space similarly collapse differences between affluent job centers and poorer communities. Using Decennial and ACS data, and building on past attempts at suburban typologization (Hanlon, 2009; Hayden, 2003; Mikelbank, 2004) and recent work by Lee, Iceland, and Sharp (2012), our analysis examines the advantages, disadvantages, and methodological challenges of integrating place-level typologies into the measurement of race and class segregation in the US.


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