Brown University study says San Francisco makes small gains in integration 

How many people in your neighborhood look like you?

The chances are good that they do, according to a report from Brown University that analyzed segregation in cities across America. In fact, they probably look about as much like you as they did in 1980.

The report combines San Francisco, San Mateo and Redwood City as a single region, and then looked at its “index of dissimilarity”, which measures how people of two groups are spread among census tracts. If a racial group is spread fairly evenly, the city is more integrated. If they are clumped together, they are more segregated.

San Francisco’s Asian-white integration and Latino-white integration have remained fairly even for several decades, and in both cases, segregation is still common.

Of the 40 regions in the country that have the highest Asian populations, San Francisco ranked 7th most segregated between whites and Asians, behind New Brunswick, N.J,; New York; Houston; Los Angeles; Boston; and Sacramento.

In the 50 metro areas with the largest Latino populations, San Francisco ranked 13th most segregated between whites and Latinos — behind Los Angeles, New York, Salinas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Bakersfield, among others.

San Francisco’s black population is so small that the study did not consider white-black segregation in the region.

In both white-Latino and white-Asian segregation, San Francisco has only made very small gains in integrating the populations since 1980.

The report highlights that in general, American white people live in much more segregated neighborhoods than people of color, who commonly live in neighborhoods that include several races.

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