Development of residential segregation in the U.S. 1980 and 2010, by income

This graph depicts the change in the instance of residential segregation in the United States from 1980 to 2010, by income level. In 1980, 23 percent of low income households in the U.S. were situated in majority low-income tracts according to census data. By 2010, this percentage had increased to 28 percent. The same trend could be seen for upper-income households.

Share of lower-income and upper-income households situated in areas of the same financial demographic in the United States 1980 and 2010

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Release date

August 2012


United States

Survey time period

1980 and 2010

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