How Residential Segregation Continues to Affect Black Americans’ Quality of Life

Black Americans living in highly segregated neighborhoods report more nearby crime and drug abuse, worse air quality, a greater lack of affordable housing, and fewer safe places for their children to play locally compared to their Black peers living in white neighborhoods.

That’s according to a new report from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which detailed the differences in survey responses between Black people living in majority non-white neighborhoods and Black people living in majority-white communities.

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In the survey, Black adults in predominantly non-white neighborhoods also gave lower ratings to the quality of their schools, policing and emergency services, all while also being more concerned about crime. They were also more likely to want to move out of their communities while lacking the resources to do so, and they reported more serious financial problems when compared to their peers in white neighborhoods, according to a report on the survey findings.

“To me, it says a lot about the impact of poverty — and what do we need to do to increase incomes so that people are able to achieve a higher quality of life?” Katherine Hempstead, a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told MarketWatch.

More than half (55%) of Black adults living in predominantly non-white neighborhoods, some of which have been shaped by years of underinvestment and racially discriminatory policies, said they’d fallen behind on their life goals in the past year, compared to 45% of Black adults living in predominantly white neighborhoods.

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SOURCE: MarketWatch, Emma Ockerman

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