The 2010 Census revealed that the U.S.'s growing racial and ethnic diversity has been accompanied by slow neighborhood integration for African Americans. Hispanics and Asians are less segregated than African Americans, but their degree of separation from non-Hispanic whites is the same in 2010 as it was in 1980.

But do separate neighborhoods translate into unequal ones?

American Community Survey (ACS) data help social analysts address this question for the most recent period. The ACS has pooled interviews done during 2005-2009 on economic and social indicators, race and ethnicity at the census-tract level (an area including about 4500 persons). Comparable tract data are available from Census 1990 and Census 2000.

The following web pages provide data on differences in neighborhood characteristics for non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics and Asians, for 1990, 2000, and 2005-2009. Click here for more details about data sources and measures. Data are provided for all counties (with minor exceptions where counties merged over time). For each county, the tables show characteristics of the neighborhood where the average person or household of each group lived, where the "neighborhood" includes the person's census tract and each adjacent census tract.

First, CHOOSE AN INDICATOR. What do you want to know about people’s neighborhoods??


Second, CHOOSE WHAT DETAIL THE TABLE WILL SHOW. In addition to a total figure for each group, you can see how results depend on people’s income level (based on households and the race/ethnicity of the household head) or whether they were born in the U.S.





The Census Bureau uses a standard set of definitions of the area included in each "metropolitan statistical area" (MSA) or "metropolitan division,” which is a subdivision of a highly populated MSA, such as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA.

“Select a Metropolitan Region” lists all MSAs and Metropolitan Divisions alphabetically.
"Select a Metro Division” lists the 11 subdivided MSAs and their Metropolitan Divisions.


© Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University