Decomposing the Increase in Suburban Poverty and Diversity

Authors: Fabian Terbeck*, University of Connecticut
Topics: Urban Geography, Population Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Suburbanization, Poverty, Race, Ethnicity, Demography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The increase in suburban poverty in recent years has been hypothesized as partly the result of poor
minorities moving from inner-cities to suburbs. The poster investigates the relationship between the
suburbanization of poverty and minorities by decomposing the net population change in census tracts in
Chicago’s metropolitan area between 2000 and 2010 that is caused by regional trends and census-tract
specific characteristics for poor and non-poor white, black, Asian and Hispanic population. The results
show that the increase in suburban poverty is chiefly driven by the numeric decline of non-poor white
population in suburbs and that the net population growth of non-poor minorities exceeds the growth of
poor minorities. However, the dynamics of population change vary among suburbs, with newer suburbs
attracting a larger share of non-poor minorities than older suburbs.

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