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The U.S. metropolitan areas with the lowest black-white residential segregation levels were located in the fast-growing South and West, according to analysis of 2010 U.S. Census results by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).
The most segregated metro areas were mainly concentrated in the slow-growing Northeast and Midwest. The report examined only metro areas with a total population of 500,000 or more and at least 3,000 African-American residents.
The 10 least-segregated metro areas all grew faster than the national average of 11 percent between 2000 and 2010, with seven increasing 20 percent or more. Only one of the 10 most-segregated metros grew at even half the national average.
Least-segregated Raleigh and Las Vegas were among the nation’s fastest growing metros with growth of more than 40 percent, while most-segregated Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo lost population.
1. Tucson, Ariz.
2. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
3. Colorado Springs, Colo.
4. Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, S.C.
5. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
6. (tie) Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, S.C.
6. (tie) Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Ariz.
8. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
9. Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.
10. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.