Apartmentlist.com a national renter’s website released a report detailing the level of segregation in metro areas across the country and the relative difficulty that residents in segregated neighborhoods have with rental payments.
According to the report while cities are growing increasingly diverse generally, residential segregation still exists in all of the nation’s major cities. A release from the company’s director of research Chris Salaviati says “the Fair Housing Act is now 50 years old, but residential segregation observed today can be directly traced to the legacy of discriminatory housing practices.”
Connecticut metros, Bridgeport-Stamford, New Haven - Milford and Hartford - W.Hartford - E. are among the top tier of segregated cities in in the one hundred largest metro markets. New Haven- Milford metro is ranked #29. The overall segregation index of 0.49. meaning 49% of the minority population in the New Haven metro would need to move to another neighborhood in order for the demographics of each neighborhood to match the demographics of the metro as a whole.
The segregation is even greater in the Bridgeport-Stamford and Hartford [West Hartford- East Hartford metros. Bridgeport - Stamford has the #16 highest overall with an index at 0.53, while Hartford, W. Hartford E. Hartford ranks #19 at 0.51.
Affordability is a big issue for renters and for residents in segregated neighborhoods the difficulty is greater than the metro norm. In New Haven for example, neighborhoods in which 75% or more of the population are minorities have median incomes that are 34% below the median for the metro as a whole, while median rents in these neighborhoods are only 6% below the metro-wide median.
According to Apartmentlist.com, “residential segregation is associated with greater rent burdens and lower homeownership rates for minority households. The high levels of residential segregation that we still observe make it clear that this historically-rooted problem is one that our society has not yet solved. This issue has broad implications, since the neighborhoods in which we grow up play an important role in our success as adults.”
The full report is now available here.