Yet even in the most racially diverse metropolitan areas, white, Black, and Latino or Hispanic residents still live in areas that are not reflective of their entire region’s racial and ethnic diversity.
Moreover, the white share of the population in white-resident neighborhoods is even greater in smaller metropolitan areas and outside metropolitan areas: 79% and 85% white, respectively.
Because metropolitan areas differ in their racial diversity profiles, the neighborhood exposure of whites to other whites and racial minorities will change for individual metropolitan areas.
To illustrate, Figure 2 displays for selected highly diverse metropolitan areas: the white share of the metropolitan area population along with white shares of its average white-resident neighborhoods.
Second, the Black share of average Black-resident neighborhood, while higher than the metropolitan Black share, decreased between 2000 and 2014 to 2018.