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Lewyn Addresses America

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Myron Orfield and Thomas Luce just wrote a paper about minority suburbanization.  The most interesting statistics (from p. 27, table 4):

Out of 1472 suburban census tracts that were predominantly nonwhite in 1980, only 2(!) became predominantly white, and only 7 percent became under 60 percent minority by 2005.

By contrast, out of 17,170 census tracts that were over 60 percent white in 1980, 8 percent became over 60 percent nonwhite, and 39 percent became “diverse” (20-60 percent nonwhite).

Of the 3480 tracts that were “diverse” in 1980, 56 percent became predominantly nonwhite, and only 4 percent became predominantly white.

I wonder what similar data for central cities would look like.


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