by Mary Tuma
Screen shot via Atlantic Cities
Using data modeled after Pew Research Center methodology, Florida and a team of researchers found that the San Antonio-New Braunfels area ranked first in the country for its divisions along rich and poor neighborhoods. They defined 'upper income households' as those with annual incomes of $100,000 or more and 'lower-income households' with annual incomes of $34,000 or less.
A total of four Texas metro cities (San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Austin) all made it to the top ten list. No Texas city reached the top 10 list of least income segregated cities.
Noting that correlations don't necessarily amount to causation, he found race to be "significantly related to income segregation"— the problem is higher in metro areas where blacks and Latino make up the larger share of the population. In the first in a five-part series, he also stresses that although geographic segregation of income is not a direct result of income inequality, there are a myriad that it intensifies the issue, like lower quality schools, parks and public safety (less abundant in lower income communities). Opportunities, life chances and upward mobility are hampered in these neighborhoods with fewer resources.