Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Data for the Metropolitan Area

This MSA includes the following Metropolitan Divisions:
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division
In this Metropolitan area:
Counties:Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , A note about boundaries
Principal Cities:Boca Raton, FL, Boynton Beach, FL, Deerfield Beach, FL, Delray Beach, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Homestead, FL, Kendall, FL, Miami Beach, FL, Miami, FL, Pompano Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ethnic and racial composition

Total Population Non Hispanic
Non Hispanic
Hispanic Asian Other Races
1980 3,220,447 2,079,334 457,154 649,780 17,889 16,290
64.6% 14.2% 20.2% 0.6% 0.5%
1990 4,055,975 2,209,257 659,588 1,128,445 49,139 9,546
54.5% 16.3% 27.8% 1.2% 0.2%
2000 5,007,564 2,205,930 961,557 1,704,064 99,399 36,614
44% 19.2% 34% 2% 0.7%
2005-09 ACS 5,484,777 2,093,407 1,075,053 2,133,615 119,241 63,461
38.2% 19.6% 38.9% 2.2% 1.2%
2010 5,564,635 1,937,939 1,137,108 2,312,929 141,994 34,665
34.8% 20.4% 41.6% 2.6% 0.6%

1980 1990
2000 2005-09 ACS 2010

Segregation: Three Measures

Index of Dissimilarity (D)
The dissimilarity index measures whether one particular group is distributed across census tracts in the metropolitan area in the same way as another group. A high value indicates that the two groups tend to live in different tracts. D ranges from 0 to 100. A value of 60 (or above) is considered very high. It means that 60% (or more) of the members of one group would need to move to a different tract in order for the two groups to be equally distributed. Values of 40 or 50 are usually considered a moderate level of segregation, and values of 30 or below are considered to be fairly low. For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Exposure Index
Another measure of residential segregation is a class of exposure indices (p*) that refer to the racial/ethnic composition of the tract where the average member of a given group lives. For example, the average Hispanic in some metropolis might live in a tract that is 40% Hispanic, 40% non-Hispanic white, 15% black, and 5% Asian.(Note that these various indices must add up to 100%.) These are presented below in two categories: exposure of the group to itself (which is called the Index of Isolation) and exposure of the group to other groups). For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Isolation Index
The isolation index is the percentage of same-group population in the census tract where the average member of a racial/ethnic group lives. It has a lower bound of zero (for a very small group that is quite dispersed) to 100 (meaning that group members are entirely isolated from other groups). It should be kept in mind that this index is affected by the size of the group -- it is almost inevitably smaller for smaller groups, and it is likely to rise over time if the group becomes larger. For a more detailed explanation, click here.
Exposure to Other Groups
Indices of exposure to other groups also range from 0 to 100, where a larger value means that the average group member lives in a tract with a higher percentage of persons from the other group. These indices depend on two conditions: the overall size of the other group and each group's settlement pattern. For a more detailed explanation, click here.


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