Segregation is nowhere close to being over, but neighborhoods across the country are steadily integrating.
A snapshot by the Brookings Institution—using 2010 Census data—shows that Latinos, blacks, and Asians are starting to move more to multiracial or white-dominated neighborhoods. Among those three racial groups, the average person lives in a neighborhood that is at least one-third white. Asians, however, live in neighborhoods that are comprised nearly half of white people.
A look at where the average white person lives tells a much different story on the surface, as he or she likely lives in a neighborhood that is 77 percent white. But, as Brookings points out, there is more to tell here. While these neighborhoods are just 9 percent Latino and 7 percent black on average, those numbers are larger today than they were three decades ago. In 1980, the average white person lived in a neighborhood that was 90 percent white.
Neighborhoods are becoming less homogenous. As Latino and Asian migration expands to previously white-dominated areas—and blacks continue to move toward the suburbs and integrated communities—the culture of these neighborhoods will change with the shift, notes Brookings.