15 American Cities in Which Segregation Is Still Very Much Alive

We are living in the 21st century and things like racial segregation should only be seen in history books but, unfortunately, that is not the case. Recent studies have shown that segregation is still a burning issue in numerous major cities in the U.S. and sometimes the most diverse cities are the ones that are segregated the most.

So, while a city may be racially diverse at a macro level, it is common and widely accepted that people of different descent should belong to different neighborhoods.

1. Chicago, Illinois

The third most populous city in the United States also held the title of the most segregated city in the country for a long time. Even though it doesn’t hold 1st place anymore, segregation is still a big problem in Chicago.

African-Americans comprise 33% of the total population, 32% are non-Hispanic white, 29% are Hispanic and 5% of the population are of Asian descent. Now, as the numbers suggest this city is among the most diverse in the country. However, a disappointing fact is that the city is almost completely divided into African-American, white and Hispanic parts.

West and South Chicago neighborhoods belong to African-Americans, other central parts are reserved for Hispanics, while the suburbs are largely white. And while measures have been taken in order to increase racial integrations such as stimulating relocation of minorities across the city, crime and violence are still a big problem and they do occur more often in minority neighborhoods. What’s even worse, race can influence people’s security in the city a lot – the African-American population, for example, feels much more threatened and unsafe in the city.

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