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Urban Institute Research Analyzes the Negative Effects of Racial and Economic Segregation

4 April 2017
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute

At the end of March, the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute published its research piece “The Cost of Segregation: National Trends and the Case of Chicago, 1990-2010.” The research analyzes the negative effects regional economic and racial segregation have on all residents in a region, not just those with low income or those who are racial and ethnic minorities. 

The report concludes that higher levels of racial segregation correlate with lower levels of income, educational attainment, and safety for all residents in a region. The Policy Center focused on five factors within the 100 most populous commuting zones (CZ) in the country to support its research. These factors included: median household income, per capita income, bachelor’s degrees in residents over 25 years old, life expectancy, and homicide rate. Through its research, the Policy Center concluded that regions with higher rates of racial segregation also have higher rates of economic segregation. 

The CZ signified by Bridgeport, Connecticut represents one of the ten most highly segregated CZs in the country in terms of White-Latino segregation. 

Click here for the full report.