Research Report The Cost of Segregation: Population and Household Projections in the Chicago Commuting Zone and Implications for Economic and Racial Segregation, 2015–30
Rolf Pendall
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The population of metropolitan Chicago is poised to increase more from 2015 to 2030 than it did from 2000 to 2015. Latino, Asian American, and multiracial people will account for all that growth as the white and African American populations decline. These racial and ethnic dynamics, overlain on the momentum of growth from the past 15 years, are likely to play out in ways that (1) continue to drive down segregation between African Americans and whites, (2) sustain segregation between Latinos and whites, and (3) reduce economic segregation. Even so, the region will remain highly segregated in 2030. Further efforts to foster inclusion and equity could yield higher levels of integration throughout metropolitan Chicago and deliver further benefits in income, education, safety, and health.

Research Areas Race and equity Immigration
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Immigrant communities demographics and trends Racial segregation Inequality and mobility Immigrant communities and racial equity
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
States Illinois
Cities Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI