2010 Census Shows Boston Among Most Segregated Cities



When we last talked to sociologist John Logan, leader of the U.S. 2010 Census Project at Brown University, he said the most striking finding from the latest census is just how racially segregated America remains.

Upon further study, Logan has come up with some sobering observations about Greater Boston: Among the nation’s big cities, Boston is in 11th place for the most extreme residential segregation between blacks and whites. The metro area ranks fifth in Asian-white segregation. In Hispanic-white segregation, we’re fourth, behind only LA, New York and Newark.

Furthermore, Professor Logan says minorities living in Boston’s segregated neighborhoods make less money and get less education than peers living in whiter neighborhoods.

Professor John Logan joins us again from the Brown campus in Providence.


  • John Logan, professor of sociology, Brown University

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