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Nov 02, 2013

unequal-income-inequality-equality-segregation-segregated-towns-cities-living-conditions-economy-poverty-wealth-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationHarrison Jacobs, Business Insider

As if U.S. Census data released last month wasn’t bad enough news for the middle class, a new study by Cornell and Stanford researchers has found that, over the last 40 years, families have become increasingly segregated in where they live in relation to their income.

Using U.S. Census data from 1970-2000 and American Community Survey data from 2005-2011, Cornell’s Kendra Bischoff and Stanford’s Sean F. Reardon found that more people are living in extremely high income areas or low income areas, while fewer are living in areas characterized as middle-income.

In 1970, 65 percent of families lived in middle-income neighborhoods; by 2009, only 42 percent of families lived in such neighborhoods.

While the study stopped short of offering reasons why the income segregation has progressed so rapidly, it notes that “changes in unemployment and manufacturing jobs are inversely related to income segregation.”

As you can see in the chart below, there has been a steady decline of families living in middle income neighborhoods and a corresponding increase in those living in neighborhoods at the extremes:

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