Residential Migration Paper

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Introduction: Residential mobility changes over time, and brings changes to social structures and cultures of a city (Oishi 2010). Atlanta has witnessed an incredible urban expansion, racial re-composition, and migration patterns over decades. Atlanta’s experience is an example of how urban growth is intertwined with a complex mix of Race, Ethnicity, migration and social inequality factors in the United States. A micro level longitudinal study will help to understand how these complex relations among race, social inequalities and urban development are shaping urban landscapes of American cities. Methods: We use 1990, 2000 and 2010 US census block, tract and county level demographic data for the counties of Atlanta metro area. We also use the Panel for Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) data from 1968 to 2011 to…show more content…
Hotspots expanded predominantly to the east and south during the last two decades. Both Black and White suburbanization expanded in opposite directions; Whites spread in the north and the Blacks suburbanization was in the South. The Dissimilarity Index indicated that census tracts in the counties of Paulding, Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett have lower dissimilarity in their population. PSID Migration data indicated that in the early decades Black people tend to move to predominantly black neighborhoods, in the recent decades however, black people are showing increased preference to move to more diverse places in Atlanta. Whites preferred to move to predominantly white neighborhoods. However, in the recent decades, majority of White people moving from high density black neighborhoods moved to similar type of

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