Racial and Ethnic Diversity Goes Local: Charting Change in American Communities Over Three Decades

Barrett A. Lee, Pennsylvania State University
John Iceland, Pennsylvania State University
Gregory Sharp, Pennsylvania State University
Publication Date:
Jan 2012
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Project Programs:
U.S. 2010

Increasing diversity has long been apparent at the national level and in our nation's largest metropolitan gateways. Since 1980 over nine-tenths of all cities, suburbs, and small towns have become more diverse. And rural communities are following the lead of their urban counterparts. Places where whites make up 90% or more of the population were two-thirds of the total three decades ago; now they are down to only one-third.


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