Sacramento does well on economic segregation

A recent report Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros indicates that Sacramento is better than most cities in economic segregation. Unfortunately the full data set has not been released, and Sacramento shows up in only two of the tables and one text location. The paper is highlighted in a CityLab post America’s Most Economically Segregated Cities.

“Interestingly, the large metros where the wealthy are least segregated (Exhibit 2.3) are mainly on the East and West Coasts and include some of America’s leading high-tech knowledge centers, which have some of the highest income levels in the nation. San Jose is the metro where the wealthy are the least segregated from other segments of the population, followed by nearby San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Hartford, Boston, Providence, Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Sacramento. The relatively high wages that knowledge and professional workers receive enable them to share some neighborhoods with the super-wealthy, even though the gap between rich and poor may be substantial in these places.” (page 17)

In Exhibit 2.3: Large Metros where the Wealthy are Least Segregated (page 17), Sacramento (Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA) is ranked number 10. In Exhibit 3.3: Large Metros with the Lowest Levels of Income Segregation (page 24), Sacramento is ranked number 6.

Author: Dan Allison

Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.