ERIC Number: ED183702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Racially Integrated Neighborhoods: Do White Families Move In? Which Ones?
Becker, Henry Jay
It is widely believed that neighborhoods that are substantially racially integrated will resegregate, becoming overwhelmingly black over a few years. This belief follows from the assumption that few white families will move into a racially mixed neighborhood. Using data from the Neighborhood Characteristics File of the 1970 Census, Mid-Atlantic geographic division, this study shows that while families not of Spanish heritage (Anglos) are continuing to move into neighborhoods with substantial proportions of black or Hispanic residents, and that any rapid racial turnover is due to high Anglo out-migration and not an absence of Anglo in-migrants. The paper compares Anglo households who moved into integrated neighborhoods in the Mid-Atlantic division with households who selected all-white neighborhoods. Variables measured for this comparison include owner/renter status, family income, presence of children in the household, percentage of families enrolling children in public versus private schools, and background characteristics of the head of household. Implications of these results with regard to future housing conditions, when the black demand for housing in neighborhoods adjacent to black ghettos may decline, are discussed. References and statistical data are appended. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: Hispanics; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; White Flight