in several dimensions. Here we look at neighborhood divisions by income,
by nativity (born in the U.S. vs. immigrant), and by
We also look at how
these combine. Many people believe that racial/ethnic segregation is really
a reflection of segregation by income and nativity. For example, since
blacks have lower incomes than whites, that could explain why they live
in different neighborhoods. Or since Asians include such a high proportion
of immigrants, that could explain why they live in distinct
In the following pages, you can check on the levels of segregation by income class and nativity, regardless of race. You can assess how much income and nativity account for racial/ethnic segregation. And you can view this information at the MSA level or the city level.
The data for each category - individual metropolitan area and city - divide whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians into subgroups based on income (poor, middle and affluent - see sidebar) and nativity (US-born and foreign-born).
Metropolitan Statistical Area
The Census Bureau
uses a standard set of definitions of the area included in