Lewis Mumford Center


This website was created by Dr. John Logan and a team under his direction, while he was Director of the Lewis Mumford Center at the University at Albany. Dr. Logan continues this research as a faculty associate of the Mumford Center and as Professor of Sociology at Brown University.  Further information about his activities can be found at the website of the American Communities Project.

These pages offer information and analyses of how the racial and ethnic composition of metropolitan areas has shifted in the last ten years, and how increasing diversity is experienced at the level of local neighborhoods.

For example, analysis of available 2000 data shows very slow change since 1980 in residential segregation of African Americans - in some smaller and newer metropolitan areas, their segregation from whites has declined markedly, but in the larger places where most African Americans lived, segregation has remained high. Segregation of Hispanics and Asians has not changed in the last two decades.

The menu bar on the left side of the page will help you navigate the site. The technical notes button provides some explanations about the census data and segregation measures. The button for what others are saying provides links to many of the excellent news stories on segregation that have appeared around the country since March 2001. You may also connect to the American Communities Project main page, to learn about us and our other projects..

Our reports on trends revealed by Census 2000 may be downloaded for reproduction. The data pages offer data in several forms, including information on every one of the nation's 331 metro areas.

By providing complete data in a readily accessible form, we seek to facilitate analyses of the same information from many perspectives, and to encourage people to think about the experience of their own metropolitan region in the context of the national picture.

    If you want to view all of our data pages for a specific metropolitan area, click here for our Metro and City Info page. For some kinds of data, you will be able to go from there to see information about a specific city or school district, or for a whole state.