Academic Commons

Theses Master's

Suburbs of Their Own: African-American Outmigration and Persistent Segregation in Chicago

Snidal, Michael

Popular narratives of African-American outmigration from the city tell a story of "melting-pot suburbs" and the end of segregation. However, these narratives rely on declines in the White population proportion across suburbs and declines in absolute levels of segregation across metropolitan regions. This paper uses segregation indices, ArcGIS spatial analysis, and descriptive statistics at the municipal level to examine the relationship between increased African-American suburbanization and levels of segregation in the Chicago MSA. African-Americans are leaving Chicago and entering the suburbs and the level of metropolitan segregation in the region has been steadily declining since the 1970s. However, analysis reveals that re-segregation rather than integration is occurring in Chicago's suburbs; that African-Americans remain uniquely segregated in the Chicago MSA; that the rate of segregation is declining at a faster pace in the City than in the suburbs; and that the suburbs are now a greater contributor to metropolitan segregation than the City. As the suburbs become the new terrain for residential segregation, theory must re-examine why African-American entrance into the suburbs has not fit a spatial assimilation model.

Geographic Areas

Files

  • thumnail for Michael_Snidal_Thesis_Full.pdf Michael_Snidal_Thesis_Full.pdf application/pdf 4.17 MB Download File

More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Beauregard, Robert
Degree
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 4, 2012
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.