May 30, 2024

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Business Insider Names Boston Among the Most Segregated Cities in America

Are we surprised? Boston Insider lists Boston as one of 21 Highly Segregated Cities in America clearly illustrated in maps using census data.

Boston’s  black-white dissimilarity score is 67.8, according to a study of 2010 Census data by professors John Logan and Brian Stults of Brown and Florida State University. A score above 60 on the dissimilarity index is considered very high segregation.

The red dots show white people, blue is black, orange is Hispanic, green is Asian, and yellow is other, according to maps of 2010 Census data by Eric Fischer.


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  1. Dorchestercv

    Been in Boston all my life. I kind of disagree with this. Dorchester has always been mixed. Areas along blue hill Ave and Dudley are tradationally predominantly black. But elsewhere are mixed.

    1. Blackstonian

      I think that what we may see living there in our own small circuits, may be very different from actual population and census, which is how this report got done… what they are showing via the segregation is that we tend to live together in clusters and certain neighborhoods are almost exclusively one way or the other. The mixing is the result of the overlap and not because Boston has come together or is de-segregated. If you really are in to it, you should do some research and provide some information and data that support your point.

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