Segregation Has High Cost for Communities

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High levels of racial and economic segregation are associated with lower incomes, educational attainment, and levels of safety for residents, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. The Cost of Segregation: National Trends and the Case of Chicago, 1990-2010 analyzes the 100 most-populous areas in the U.S., finding that regions with extreme economic segregation tend to have poorer residents and higher levels of violent crime. These trends are especially strong for black and Latino residents of highly segregated cities, according to the report.

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