May 4, 2017
A report released by the Martin Prosperity Institute indicated that Texas’ four major metros scored high on the list of educational segregation. In “Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros,” the Los Angeles area took top billing, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land was ranked second, with Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington coming in third, tied with San Antonio-New Braunfels. Austin-Round Rock took fifth place.
The Martin Prosperity Institute is at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The institute defines educational segregation as the divide between the less educated (those who did not complete high school) and the highly educated (those who completed a college education, and above). The report goes on to suggest that less-educated groups experience higher degrees of segregation in larger, denser metropolitan areas. This is, in part, because housing costs are higher in denser metros, and “the segregation of the less educated is significantly associated with housing costs.”
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