Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros

Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander

“It is not just that the economic divide in Amer­ica has grown wider; it’s that the rich and poor effectively occupy different worlds, even when they live in the same cities and metros,” state authors Richard Florida and Charlotte Mellander in this new study from the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. The authors analyze geographic segregation in all 359 metropolitan regions in the United States by income, education, and class, and find that patterns of segregation vary across geographies. Older Rustbelt metros top the list on income segregation, sprawling Sunbelt metros top the list on educational segregation, and larger, technology-based metros top the list for class-based segregation.