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School Districts Are a Big Reason For The Rise In Income Segregation In The U.S., Study Says

It’s no secret that in searching for a home, parents scrutinize nearby schools. The wealthy can afford to live in neighborhoods with small school districts, where most other students are wealthy, too.

Now, a new study out of the University of Southern California lends credence to the notion that this decision-making process is partially responsible for the rise in America’s income segregation between 1990 and 2010.

In the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, “income segregation is nearly twice as high among households with children as among those without,” according to the study from USC sociologist Ann Owens, published in the American Sociological Review in late April.

The study’s second major finding is that among the families that  have children in those large areas, there is more income segregation in areas that encompass more school districts.