International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Distressed Neighborhood Change and Residential Segregation of Racial Groups in Chicago
Sung David Chun

The poverty rate of Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics in the Chicago city decreased between 1990 and 2000. The picture provided by the decrease in poverty rate alone is incomplete and potentially misleading. This research proposes more comprehensive measure of neighborhoods. Track-level data from the 1990 and 2000 censuses are used to identify distressed communities and severely distressed communities within the official 77 communities in the Chicago city. Results show that despite the booming economy of the 1990s and encouraging turnarounds in Chicago city as a whole, neighborhood distress worsened in some communities. The greatest deterioration occurred in southern communities. Blacks fared worse than Whites and Hispanics in most communities in terms of the neighborhood distress index.

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