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The Multicultural Metropolis: Neighborhood Diversity and Segregation Patterns in the City of Chicago, 1990-2000 (WP-06-14)

Juan Onésimo Sandoval and Su Li

This working paper examines neighborhood diversity and segregation in Chicago in 1990 and 2000. In it, the authors explore three main questions: (1) How did the growing Latino population impact neighborhood diversity? (2) How much of the segregation is due to white and nonwhite settlement patterns? (3) What explains the neighborhood diversity? The data the authors used for this study came from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses. They decomposed the segregation score between white and nonwhite racial groups and between black, Latinos, and Asians. Finally, they study the impact of Latino and Asian immigration settlement patterns and explore how these new settlement patterns are changing the nature of residential segregation in Chicago.

Juan Onésimo Sandoval, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

Su Li, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

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