It may come as little surprise to many of you that Los Angeles is one of the ten most segregated large urban areas in the United States. With a segregation level of 67.84 (where “1” is the most integrated and “100” is the most segregated), LA is only marginally less segregated than the City of Brotherly Love which weighs in at 68.41 or Cincinatti at 69.42.
St. Louis, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee comprise the rest of the list. Interestingly, we are the only city in the top ten not on the east coast or in the midwest. As Salon notes, segregation may be regarded by many as part of southern history, but it’s seemingly part of northern contemporary reality. It’s worth noting that the segregation index seemingly tracks the black/white divide: “It reflects the number of people from one race — in this case black or white — who would have to move for races to be evenly distributed across a certain area. in a city.” Such a binary measure may not be adequate for any city, but particularly falls short to analyze Los Angeles, where less than 10% of the city identified as black in the last census. In fact, one thing that stands out when you click through the slide show of the ten cities is what a lovely sky blue color LA is relative to the dark blue of most of the other cities (blue being the color designating whites).
Interesting stuff in any case. The data come from a March Census Bureau release compiled by John Paul DeWitt of CensusScope.org and the University of Michigan’s Social Science Data Analysis Network–all of which was reported by Daniel Denvir on Salon. My personal hat tip, though, goes to my new favorite site I Love Charts.