Minority Home Ownership Patterns in the United States…A Function of Race or a Function of Household Income?

Authors: Angeline Johnson*, University of Toledo
Topics: Urban Geography, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: minority home ownership, African American, urban, housing patterns, United States, socioeconomic disparities
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The United States is a country that prides itself on being known not only as a melting pot of people with familial origins stretching from around the world, but also as the proverbial land of milk and honey filled with opportunities for the attainment of wealth for all. But how real are these classic clichés when used to describe minority accessibility to obtain the American Dream of home ownership? Can minorities in the U.S. not only obtain a home, but obtain a home that is located within an ecological space that is comparable to that of their White peers of a similar household income bracket? The purpose of this paper was to 1) identify common patterns of residential segregation with the regard to the location of the primary residences of minority headed households in the United States and 2) if there was such a pattern present, determine if that pattern was a function of race/ethnicity or a function of household income. Research found that there were patterns of racial and ethnic residential segregation in the United States. It was also determined that even with minority headed households falling within a middle-class through upper-class socioeconomic standing, many did not own homes in ecological spaces that were reflective of their financial standing. This was especially among Black households. In summary, research for this paper supports the idea that patterns of residential segregation with homeowners in the United States is a function of race/ethnicity more so than that of household income.

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