Austin is often cited as one of the most economically segregated cities in the nation. Some researchers say that divide has major social and economic implications.
Researchers with the Urban Institute studied the effects of segregation on the country’s 100 most populated regions and found that no one racial group benefits from the divide. The study looked specifically at income, education, homicide rates and life expectancy.
“Just to ask the question: Are the more segregated metropolitan areas coming out with worse metropolitan outcomes in all these four things?” Rolf Pendall, a fellow with the Urban Institute, said at an event this month hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and HousingWorks Austin. “And we found out that the answer is yes. Segregation does damage everybody in a metropolitan area.”