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The dissimilarity index measures the relative separation or integration of groups across all neighborhoods of a city or metropolitan area. If a city's white-black dissimilarity index were 65, that would mean that 65% of white people would need to move to another neighborhood to make whites and blacks evenly distributed across all neighborhoods.

Dissimilarity Indices
Dissimilarity Index Percent of
With Whites* Population** Total Population
White* -- 2,460,740 59.84%
Black* 68.8 1,178,872 28.67%
American Indian* 42.2 7,739 0.19%
Asian* 50.4 134,973 3.28%
Native Hawaiian* 74.8 1,328 0.03%
Other* 54.8 7,771 0.19%
Two or More Races* 39.2 51,924 1.26%
White/Black* 50.3 9,215 0.22%
White/American Indian* 38.2 8,223 0.20%
White/Asian* 41.1 7,939 0.19%
White/Other* 57.8 7,030 0.17%
Other Combinations* -- 19,517 0.47%
Hispanic 56.8 268,851 6.54%
Total Population -- 4,112,198 100.00%

* Non-Hispanic only.

* When a group's population is small, its dissimilarity index may be high even if the group's members are evenly distributed throughout the area. Thus, when a group's population is less than 1,000, exercise caution in interpreting its dissimilarity indices.

Source: William H. Frey and Dowell Myers' analysis of Census 2000; and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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