Rethinking "Diversity" Through Analyzing Residential Segregation Among Hispanics in Phoenix, Miami, and Chicago

Christopher Lukinbeal, Patricia L. Price, Cayla Buell

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Hispanics are an internally diverse population, yet residential segregation within census-defined groups is often overlooked. Census data are used to examine evenness and exposure segregation among Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, and Phoenix along the lines of national origin, race, year of arrival, and income. Results suggest that segregation exists in Miami where there is more national origin diversity, between white and black Hispanics in Chicago, in all three cities for foreign-born Hispanic recent arrivals, and especially between high- and low-income Hispanics. Attempts to theorize immigration, social capital and solidarity, and the future of democratic society have inadequately conceptualized "diversity"; our work critically employs quantitative analysis to suggest an enriched and more nuanced socio-spatial understanding of the term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012



  • Hispanics
  • diversity
  • race
  • residential segregation
  • segregation indexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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