According to the study, the percentage of upper-income households in affluent neighborhoods doubled between 1980 and 2010, rising to 18 percent. The share of lower income households in poor neighborhoods rose from 18 percent to 23 percent.
Sociologists are calling the trend “segregation by income.” They point to examples in southwest cities like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. They claim that income has surpassed race in regards to segregation in America.
“If people with most of the money and wealth live separately from everyone else, there’s going to be less investment in the neighborhoods where the middle class and the poor live,” said Sean Reardon, a Stanford sociologist, to the Washington Post.
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