Distribution of Metropolitan Black, Hispanic and Asian Populations by
Extent of Residential Segregation from Whites; 1980 to 2000
330 Metropolitan Areas


The index of dissimilarity measures the evenness with which two distinct groups are spread across the component geographic units of a city or metropolis. The index would take on its maximum value of 100 were all members of each group confined to geographic units made up exclusively of their own group; i.e., total Apartheid. If individuals were randomly assigned to place of residence, the index of dissimilarity would approach its minimum value of zero.

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