Miami is the 10th Most Economically Segregated Area in the Country

Categories: Recessionomics
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A short drive through Miami often reveals there's a big difference between the haves and the have-nots in this town. One minute you're surrounding by luxury high rises and fancy restaurants, the next you're in the middle of run-down homes and check cashing stores.

So it's no surprise that the Miami area cracked the top ten list for America's most economically segregated metros.

According to a report from Pew Social & Demographic Trends, the Miami metro area is the 10th most economically segregated area in America. Huffington Post tabulated the rankings from Pew's data.

In Miami, 34 percent of all households are considered lower income, and 21 percent are considered upper income.

Miami received a Residential Income Segregation Index Score of 49 for 2010. That's a hefty rise since our 1980 score of 30.

Pew put together the following map of Miami's income disparity. Poorer areas are in red. Richer areas are in blue. Mixed or middle class area are left white.

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Residential income segregation is a growing trend throughout all of America, which is unsurprisingly related to America's overall rise in income inequality.

Ever since the '80s, the poor have gotten poorer. The rich have gotten richer. And the middle class shrinks. Ain't much trickling down going on here.

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BeStillKnowGod
BeStillKnowGod

I am commending the comment made by LauraM,,,Thank you for speaking out. I wish the politicians understood that the middle class who work hard and help to get them into office are dropping out of the race,,,moving out of this country. We are sick and tired of working to pay for everyone else. We are OVERTAXED, PENALIZED, and AUDITED  by IRS more than anyone else,,,it is extremely unfair!! copy of LauraM comment:

LauraM

The poor did NOT get "poorer" over the last 20 years --- that liberal saying is a myth. The "poor" have a better standard of living than ever. We are a country of obese, barely working poor with so many freebies that it makes the middle class look stupid for working. When you look at the standard of living of the "poor" it makes the rich in other countries jealous.

LauraM
LauraM

The poor did NOT get "poorer" over the last 20 years --- that liberal saying is a myth. The "poor" have a better standard of living than ever. We are a country of obese, barely working poor with so many freebies that it makes the middle class look stupid for working. When you look at the standard of living of the "poor" it makes the rich in other countries jealous.

Jose_Atlanta
Jose_Atlanta

Harry, all sections of that map are zones, underpopulated zoned areas tend to be larger than those that are populated. So if the 4 probable households live in that big red stain on the southwest quardrant are lower income, then the entire zone is shaded red. While this sounds elementary, it apparently needs to be explained. This is similar to "the map" conservatives would toss around that showed most of the united states marked as "red" for those who voted for Bush. But the majority of those areas were underpopulated as well. http://www.dinocrat.com/wp-content/BushCountry04Map.jpg

Aurelien Matthews
Aurelien Matthews

Daniels, don't worry. There'll always be White and Black people in Miami...

Aurelien Matthews
Aurelien Matthews

Some people living in Coral Gables, Pinecrest or Key Biscayne are not as rich as they seem to be. Some people living in Homestead or North Miami are not as poor as they claim they are. Some of the most beautiful houses I've ever seen in Miami Dade are located in Keystone Islands, North Miami...

Will Iam
Will Iam

I blame their own community for not doing more for themselves or are we looking to blame someone else for this? Can't wait.

Ken Silva
Ken Silva

congratulations daniels and zip for succesfully infusing your racism into an article that has nothing to do with race.

Zip Per
Zip Per

There goes the neighborhood, huh ? lol , They talk to loud , Their music is too loud , There is always a party going on , their cars have too much BASS , their women to much curves !! HAHAHA Now you know how white folks felt . I guess if you don't like it you can move to Broward wit da crackers yo ....

Elio Aramanth
Elio Aramanth

We have the same phenomenon in France where the cost of living is very high in PARIS and NICE...

Daniels Marion
Daniels Marion

Miami is being "White Washed" with Hispanics. Look at All of the Black Businesses going under as High rises throughout Liberty City & Brownsville spring up. By the year 2020 there won't be enough Black people left in Miami to have Representation when election time comes. #TimetomoveOn

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

That's the stupidest fucking map ever.  Most of those areas in red aren't even populated

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

And who's fault is that? 

 

The liberal, local politicians who brings high regulation, taxes and cronyism.  Not to mentions institutionalized racism.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

 @Jose_Atlanta Makes sense.  That 2004 map though shows popular votes by county, which is easier to grasp.  The zones denoted in the map mentioned in this article aren't exactly well known by all

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