Study Prompts Discussion Of Ohio Capital “Segregation”

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A study of where groups of people live concludes that Ohio’s capital city is one of the nation’s most economically segregated major metro areas.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that “Segregated City” by University of Toronto professor Richard Florida used census data to demonstrate how people choose to live among those who have similar incomes, education and occupations. The study ranked Columbus second behind Austin, Texas, among the most segregated economically.

Some Columbus planners and economists say the study doesn’t provide much explanation, but does offer food for thought.

A Toronto researcher says it’s meant to provide information on where people choose to live, not to be something negative.

The study found that clusters of poor are growing in some cities, with the wealthy gathering in suburban enclaves.