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Dayton area named on list of most segregated regions

The Fair Housing Act was signed in 1968 and amended in 1988 to protect individuals and families from any form of discrimination with rental, financing, sale or advertising of housing.

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of when the bill was originally signed into legislation.

Leading up to that anniversary, the website 24/7 Wall St produced a list of the “16 Most Segregated Cities in America.” The Dayton area made the list, at No. 15.


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Here is the site’s full list of most segregated metro areas:

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

To produce the list, the site “calculated the percentage of metropolitan area black residents who live in predominantly black census tracts.”

In the Dayton area, about 62.8 percent of the population lives predominantly in neighborhoods of their own races, the site said. The Dayton area’s data, from 24/7 Wall St.:

Black people in black neighborhoods: 29.6% 

Black population: 15.4% 

Black poverty rate: 34.1% 

White poverty rate: 12.6%

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