Housing Patterns

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Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000

Census 2000 Special Reports

Issued August 2002


By John Iceland and Daniel H. Weinberg with Erika Steinmetz


This report was prepared under the direction of Daniel H. Weinberg, Chief, Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division (HHES) by Dr. Weinberg and Dr. John Iceland, Chief, Poverty and Health Statistics Branch, HHES, with major assistance from Erika Steinmetz, a staff member of HHES.

A number of people within the Census Bureau made significant contributions to the preparation of this report. Marie Pees, Population Division, processed the census data files used for this report. Paula Coupe, Jorge del Pinal, Samantha Friedman, Gerald Gates, Larry Long, and Charles Nelson reviewed the contents.

The authors wish to acknowledge the conceptual contributions of Roderick Harrison, formerly chief of the Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau, in setting the stage for the current report. They also wish to acknowledge the technical assistance of Scott Susin, of HHES, and the mapping assistance of Timothy Trainor, Constance Beard, Linda Orsini, and Gerald Coleman of the Geography Division. Patrick Cantwell of the Decennial Statistical Studies Division provided guidance on statistical testing issues.

Greg Carroll, Nelsa Brown, Jan Sweeney, and Arlene Butler of the Administrative and Customer Services Division, Walter C. Odom, Chief, provided publications and printing management, graphics design and composition, and editorial review for print and electronic media. General direction and production management were provided by Michael G. Garland, Assistant Chief, and Gary J. Lauffer, Chief, Publications Services Branch.

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Chapter 1: Introduction and Highlights


Chapter 2: Data and Methods


Chapter 3: The Residential Segregation of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 1980-2000


Chapter 4: Residential Segregation of Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders: 1980-2000


Chapter 5: Residential Segregation of Blacks or African Americans: 1980-2000


Chapter 6: Residential Segregation of Hispanics or Latinos: 1980-2000


Chapter 7: Cross-Group Comparisons



A Measuring Segregation Using Alternative Methods of Identifying Racial/Ethnic Group Members: "Alone" vs. "Alone or in Combination"

B Measures of Residential Segregation

C Comparison with Other Sources

D Detailed Figures


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
Last Revised: September 30, 2011