• Memphis is America's 4th Most Segregated City, report states

    By: Jeremy Pierre

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis is America's 4th Most Segregated City, according to a new report. 

    24/7 Wall St. reported 46.4% of the African American population in the city lives in neighborhoods where at least 4 in 5 residents are black. 

    Extreme poverty impacts African-American residents more than white residents, according to the study.


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    2.3% of white Memphis residents living in neighborhoods where at least 40% of the population is poor, compared to 20.5% of the black population.

    To read more about the study, click here.

    The most segregated city was listed as Detroit.  

    24/7 Wall St.’s “16 Most Segregated Cities in America”

    1       Detroit, MI

    2       Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

    3       Jackson, MS

    4       Memphis, TN

    5       Cleveland-Elyria, OH

    6       New Orleans-Metairie, LA

    7       Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagra Falls, NY

    8       Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

    9       Birmingham, AL

    10  St. Louis, MO

    11  Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

    12  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE

    13  Baton Rouge, LA

    14  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

    15  Dayton, OH

    16  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

     

    California transplant Candice Denisco told us living in Memphis has been a new social experience for her.

    "This is a whole different country from where I am from,” Denisco said.

    She told FOX13 she agrees with the report and sees why Memphis was ranked 4th. 

    "One side of the street is white. The other side is mostly black or over here is Latino. It's just all separated out,” Denisco said.

    School teacher Grace Eweka said she sees a clear divide in the neighborhoods of Memphis. The study shows that more blacks are in the inner city of Memphis while whites are out East.

    "Having lived in Memphis for 15 years, it's very interesting to see how black people live in one place and white people live in another and Latinos live in another,” Eweka said. "I work in South Memphis, and our schools are very, very segregated.” 

    Eweka and Denisco said change will come at different times and in different forms.

    "When I first moved to Memphis, downtown almost looked like a third world country, but now you see very young wealthy white people living there,” Eweka said.

    We took closer look at a map released by the group who did the study and it shows communities in DeSoto County, Mississippi and Crittenden County, Arkansas as being diverse.

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