We Are Still a Highly Segregated Country

The latest Census numbers show continued (slow) decline in the racial segregation of metro areas. Today, the average white American lives in a neighborhood that’s 7 percent black, 10 percent Latino, and 4 percent Asian. Three decades ago, the average white’s neighborhood was only 5 percent black, 5 percent Latino, and 1 percent Asian. So lots of white people see their neighborhoods as diverse. But even so, if you’re anything like the average white person, your neighbors are still overwhelmingly white.

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