The costs and consequences of residential segregation

By | August 2, 2011

Recent data shows that racial segregation isn’t just people of different racial and ethnic groups living in different places – it is about how such living patterns create and perpetuate inequality.  Researchers at Brown University found that the average black or Hispanic household earning over $75,000 lives in a poorer neighborhood than the average white resident earning under $40,000.  When looking at school quality, the team found that the average black elementary student attends a school that ranks at about the 35th percentile in the state, while the average white student’s school is at the 60th percentile.  Relevant to No Child Left Behind policies, even if 10% or 20% of the lowest performing schools were closed, and the students magically relocated to average schools, the resulting racial disparities would be only modestly different.

You can read the full report and access the data used in this study here: