Proportion of Families Living in Affluent and Poor Neighborhoods See Dramatic Increase

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The proportion of families living in either affluent or poor neighborhoods changed substantially between 1970 and 2007. As the graph shows, middle class urban neighborhoods significantly declined in the past 40 years.

Sources:

Growth in the Residential Segregation of Families by Income, 1970-2009 (PDF)

Middle-Class Areas Shrink as Income Gap Grows, Study Finds (New York Times)

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