The Limits of the California Melting Pot
Contact: Vincent Reda, 518-437-4985
The 2000 census shows that California's increasing racial and ethnic
diversity is a leader for the nation. However, analyses of the residential
patterns of African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians in the state's
eight metropolitan areas of over a million population reveal that they
tend to live in very different neighborhoods.
The analyses of segregation patterns were released today by John Logan,
director of the Lewis Mum ford Center at the University at Albany (New
York). Details for metropolitan regions in all 50 states are being made
available now through the Center's web page, (http://www.albany.edu/mumford/census).
Logan finds that African Americans, who are now the smallest minority
group in seven of these eight metro areas, generally became somewhat
less segregated from whites during the 1990s. Still, blacks are more
highly segregated than either Hispanics or Asians in 6 out of 8 metro
Trends for Hispanics and Asians, California's two fast-growing minority
groups, are less positive. Hispanic segregation from non-Hispanic whites
increased in all 8 metros. White-Asian segregation remained at the same
level or increased moderately.
Los Angeles-Long Beach typifies these trends. Here, where black-white
segregation remains higher than the national average, the segregation
index dropped 6 points from its prior level. Though blacks are only
10% of the population, the average black resident lives in a neighborhood
that is 34% black. The average Asian (now 13% of the metro total) lives
in a 29% Asian neighborhood. And the average Hispanic (now outnumbering
non-Hispanic whites with 45% of the population) lives in an area where
63% of neighbors are also Hispanic.
Logan observes that California is being described as the nation's new
melting pot, but his findings demonstrate that blacks, Hispanics, and
Asians have yet to achieve residential integration with the state's
newly-minority non-Hispanic white population.
John Logan may be reached at 518-442-4656, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 30, 2001
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