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View Poll Results: What is the most racially (and ethically) diverse and integrated major U.S. city?
Atlanta 6 3.19%
NYC 58 30.85%
Los Angeles 19 10.11%
Chicago 10 5.32%
Houston 45 23.94%
Dallas 0 0%
San Antonio 3 1.60%
San Diego 2 1.06%
Seattle 10 5.32%
San Francisco 7 3.72%
Portland, OR 1 0.53%
Minneapolis 1 0.53%
Las Vegas 1 0.53%
Albuquerque 1 0.53%
Tampa 3 1.60%
Nashville 1 0.53%
Washington, D.C. 7 3.72%
Philadelphia 0 0%
New Orleans 2 1.06%
Other (please specify) 11 5.85%
Voters: 188. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Portland, Oregon???? Surely you jest! Unless it has seen some drastic demographics shift within the last couple years... wasn't it dubbed Whitest City in America a couple years ago?
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Woooo Houston's in the lead!
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Portland, Oregon???? Surely you jest! Unless it has seen some drastic demographics shift within the last couple years... wasn't it dubbed Whitest City in America a couple years ago?
I think it was. Portland and Tampa are two that amaze me, but I'm not surprised people voted for them (the hometown bias). Just like I voted for Houston.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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I'm not surprised people voted for them (the hometown bias). Just like I voted for Houston.
Yeah but Houston really is the most integrated city on that list. That's the difference. I can't believe the number of people that voted NYC, they need to become familiar with the social structure of that city and how it really works. Or at least take a trip to the outer boroughs...it's not what they see in Times Square or on TV. NYC integrates when it's time for work, but it's where everyone goes home that makes it segregated. LA is actually much more integrated than NYC, but it's still not truly "integrated".

Tampa actually kind of surprises me. It's actually relatively mixed for it's size (it's more trashy vs. non-trashy areas), there are even Asians moving in lately, but when you get towards St. Petersburg it's very segregated and had a lot of racial tension in the 90s.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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The place where I'll be moving to soon, downtown Silver Spring, MD, looks pretty damn integrated to me. When I was down in Silver Spring a couple days ago to finalize on an apartment, I was thinking to myself "perhaps they should relocate the United Nations to Silver Spring"!
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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I'm going to say NYC. Walk down the street, and you'll see every type of person imaginable. Everyone minds their business and it isn't much of a problem. Minorities don't stick out like sore thumbs; everyone kind of just blends.
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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Once again, it's an illusion. It's a very crowded city, and although groups to a degree "get along" in terms of survival, they don't get along well enough to live near each other. Because of how crowded it is there, what you see on the streets in Manhattan or in the subway gives off an illusion of integration.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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Once again, it's an illusion. It's a very crowded city, and although groups to a degree "get along" in terms of survival, they don't get along well enough to live near each other. Because of how crowded it is there, what you see on the streets in Manhattan or in the subway gives off an illusion of integration.
This is absolutely spot-on. New York is not integrated. I'm not really sure any big city is.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:01 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Here is some information about Chicago, from another thread.

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Here is some information on Chicago. Note segregation of blacks in particular.
RESIDENTIAL INTEGRATION AND NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERISTICS: Segregation of the Population: Dissimilarity with Non-Hispanic Whites by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
Metro Area
Hispanic 61.1%
Non-Hispanic Black 80.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 42.4%

Definition: Dissimilarity is the evenness with which one racial population group is located (or segregated) within a metro area, with respect to another racial group. The dissimilarity statistic is interpreted as the proportion of one racial group that would need to relocate to another neighborhood (census tract) for that racial group to be distributed across the metro area like a second (reference) racial group. A value of "0%" reflects absolute integration; a value of "100%" reflects absolute segregation.
Notes: Non-Hispanic black and Asian/Pacific Islander groups include people who identified themselves as those races "alone" or those races "in combination with other races."
Source: "Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000," U.S. Census Bureau, Series CENSR-3, and 2000 Census, Summary File 1.
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I tihnk pretty much every city is still racially segregated. I don't think most of it stems from economics more than it does from racism in most cases.

I think as we start to see a shift in the wealth distribution we will start to see a shift in the racial integration of our cities.
In some cities, yes. Others may retain their segregated housing patterns for decades.


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Portland, Oregon???? Surely you jest! Unless it has seen some drastic demographics shift within the last couple years... wasn't it dubbed Whitest City in America a couple years ago?
Here are City-Data's stats for Portland:
Races in Portland:

White Non-Hispanic (75.5%)
Hispanic (6.8%)
Black (6.6%)
Two or more races (4.1%)
Other race (3.5%)
American Indian (2.3%)
Vietnamese (2.0%)
Chinese (1.4%)
Other Asian (1.3%)
Filipino (0.5%)
Japanese (0.5%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Pretty white.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: yeah
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yup, yup, yup and yup.
Basically, California has it down.
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