LEARNING AREA: Community Organizing and Planning
metropolitan segregation

Metropolitan Segregation: No Breakthrough in Sight


John R. Logan (Brown University) and Brian J. Stults (Florida State University)




The 2020 Census offers new information on changes in residential segregation in metropolitan regions across the country as they continue to become more diverse. We take a long view, assessing trends since 1980 and extrapolating to the future. These new data mostly reinforce patterns that were observed a decade ago: high but slowly declining black-white segregation, and less intense but hardly changing segregation of Hispanics and Asians from whites. Enough time has passed since the civil rights era of the 1960s and 1970s to draw this conclusion: segregation will continue to divide Americans well into the 21st Century.