New Orleans, Baton Rouge among most segregated cities in country

July 25, 2017 - 7:32 am

(  New Orleans and Baton Rouge are among the most segregated cities in the nation, according to a report from 24/7 Wall Street. 

New Orleans came in at number six on the list, and Baton Rouge ranked thirteenth. Editor-In-Chief Doug McIntyre says that’s because of population concentration in the cities.

“You have sections of the city that are very heavily white and very heavily black,” McIntyre said.

In both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the black poverty rate is roughly 30 percent, while the white poverty rate is only about 10 percent. McIntyre says that demonstrates one big problem with segregation because black neighborhoods tend to be much poorer than white neighborhoods.

“Black families tend to be more impoverished. They tend to have lower income. They tend to have lower education and worse health outcomes,” McIntyre said.

In New Orleans, about 43 percent of the black population lives in black neighborhoods, compared to 32 percent in Baton Rouge. McIntyre says the fact that those groups of people are isolated from groups that have better outcomes means that segregation helps to keep those kinds of outcomes in place.

“A city that is highly segregated makes it harder for people in the minority to have their situations improve over time,” McIntyre said.

The report finds a big income disparity too.

"An estimated 43.1% of black families live in predominantly black neighborhoods, which are often far poorer than white neighborhoods. The typical black household in New Orleans-Metairie earns $30,249 a year, less than half the amount the typical area white household earns."

The most segregated cities listed in the report are in the North.  In fact, three of the top five are Northern areas.

Here is the full list from 24/7 Wall St. (They ranked the top16)

1. Detroit, MI
2. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
3. Jackson, MS
4. Memphis, TN
5. Cleveland-Elyria, OH
6. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
7. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagra Falls, NY
8. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
9. Birmingham, AL
10. St. Louis, MO
11. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
12. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE
13. Baton Rouge, LA
14. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
15. Dayton, OH
16. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

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