ERASE Racism’s New Research Reveals Continued Segregation and Racial Disparities on Long Island

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ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit based in Long Island, NY, has released new research findings that show continued segregation and racial disparities on Long Island from 2000 to 2010.

Racial Segregation on Long Island by Census Tract

Despite a 20% increase in the proportion of people of color on Long Island, levels of segregation remain extremely high.

Despite a 20% increase in the proportion of people of color on Long Island, levels of segregation remain extremely high, according to a new demographic analysis by civil rights non-profit ERASE Racism. The organization, which has been reporting on the detrimental effects of segregation for the past eleven years, conducted this new research in order to understand demographic change from 2000 to 2010.

While the full report has not yet been released, ERASE Racism shared some of its key findings in its latest newsletter. According to the analysis, blacks remain the most segregated racial minority on Long Island, while Latinos are increasingly becoming more segregated.    In 2010 the average black resident lived in a neighborhood that was three and a half times as black as the region and the average Hispanic lived in a neighborhood that was twice as Hispanic as the region.

ERASE Racism also found that the common believe that anyone can live in a particular community on Long Island as long as they have the means to afford it is unfounded. According to an analysis of Census data, the region is much more segregated by race than by income; even wealthy blacks live in poorer communities than poor whites, which suggests that race is a greater barrier to fair housing on Long Island than income.

The demographic analysis also revealed racial disparities in housing costs; a greater amount of gross income for black and Latino renters and homeowners is going to housing costs as compared to whites and Asians who on average earn much more. Even though blacks and Hispanics have considerably lower family incomes and household incomes than whites and Asians, they pay a comparable amount in monthly rent and they pay more in monthly owner costs.

Lastly, the research showed significant racial disparities in education. Based on graduation rates, only 2.7% of all black students on Long Island have access to the best performing schools. Similarly only 4.5% of Hispanic students attend the best performing schools, compared to 28% of all white students and 30% of all Asian students.

To read additional research findings with accompanying graphs and charts, visit and click on the “December Newsletter.”

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