Monday, July 22, 2013

Update Segregation/Intergration Data: 2010 Dissimilarity Indices for Sixty-Two Places in NYS

Last week I posted about the Dissimilarity Indices for Utica, Rome, and the MSA. Unfortunately those data were all based on the Census 2000. Thankfully the good people at the University of Michigan's Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) who put together the old data have new indices out now using the Census 2010 numbers.

Based on those data here are the Dissimilarity Indices for 62 New York State places based on the 2010 Census. There are basically three sets of indices in this single table: Dissimilarity indices between non-Hispanic whites and blacks, non-Hispanic whites and Asians, and Non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics. The Dissimilarity Index is the most commonly used measure of segregation between two groups, reflecting their relative distributions across neighborhoods within a city or metropolitan area. It can range in value from 0, indicating complete integration, to 100, indicating complete segregation. In most cities and metro areas, however, the values are somewhere between those extremes. Remember that complete integration is closer to 0 (zero) while complete segregation is closer to 100.

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