Incorporating Immigrants and Minorities into Late-19th-Century

Director: John Logan
Research Theme: Population Structures in the Urban Environment
Location: United States of America
Funding: NICHD, NSF

This project studies racial and ethnic differentiation in U.S. cities in 1880, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between people and places. Using geocoded data from the 1880 Census, Logan was able to measure, for example, the ethnic composition of one’s neighbors at the level of the household and to group proximate households with similar “neighborhoods” into an overall neighborhood. This allows for an unusual degree of flexibility in constructing spatial measures of segregation and evaluating the relative contribution of race/ethnicity, class, and other factors in segregating people across neighborhoods.