Is Houston too Segregated?
The Atlantic Cities just wrapped up a five-part series on geographic segregation within cities, and Houston ranked high in three of the lists. We're the second-highest among large metros for both separating out our college grads and the creative class (you know the ones who average $70,000 salaries and account for about half of all US wages, according to 2010 stats), which partially explains our number four spot in terms of income segregation. But before you start blaming our culture, the stats may just be related to our sheer giganticness. Strangely, Houston doesn't hit most of the correlations researcher Richard Florida found for creative class segregation, including metros where housing eats up a greater share of household income, and places where more residents use transit to get to work.