Black-white segregation, heat-mapped, by William Frey of the Brookings Institution.

Racial segregation is still high in many parts of America, lying at the root of sharp inequalities that continue to be visible and destructive in many cities.

But an examination by Brookings Institution fellow and domestic migration expert William Frey of newly released Census data suggests a modest decline in black-white segregation across most large U.S. metropolitan areas. Frey writes.

It also shows that neighborhoods in which blacks reside are becoming somewhat less black due to recent population shifts of blacks and the growth and dispersion of Hispanics and other minorities. These trends hardly signal the end of segregation in the Unite States, but they do suggest opportunities to achieve greater residential integration as race migration trends are in flux.

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