The Impacts of Residential Integration on School Race and Ethnic Composition

Ankit Rastogi , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scholars have identified racially-integrated residential communities in all major regions of the nation; however, research has yet to investigate the downstream impacts of residential integration on institutional integration. In this paper, I ask whether stably-integrated places also contain similarly integrated schools. To address this question, I calculate the information theory index to investigate multigroup evenness among metropolitan Census Places using panel data on racial composition over the 2000 and 2010 Censuses. I link racially-integrated places to individual school racial and ethnic compositions. I hypothesize that integrated places will host exceptionally diverse public schools and will support larger white student populations than less integrated/more segregated settings.

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 Presented in Session 180. Neighborhood and School Diversity: Drivers and Outcomes