Black segregation from other racial groups has hit its lowest point in more than a century -- declining in all 85 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas -- but social and income inequality persist.
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A Manhattan Institute report out Monday shows that no housing market has a level of black isolation as high as the national average 40 years ago and that "all-white neighborhoods are effectively extinct."
"This shift does not mean that segregation has disappeared," the report says. "The typical urban African American lives in a housing market where more than half the black population would need to move in order to achieve complete integration."
The research by Harvard University economics professor Edward Glaeser and Duke University professor Jacob Vigdor, both fellows at the conservative think tank's Center for State and Local Leadership, found that black suburbanization, gentrification, access to credit, fair housing laws and immigration have all contributed to a significant decline in black segregation.
"America is now more racially integrated than any time in the past century," Vigdor says. "There's been black suburbanization and the elimination of lily-white neighborhoods."
SOURCE: USA TODAY
Haya El Nasser