Patterns of local segregation: Do they matter for neighborhood crime?

Lauren J. Krivo, Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Ruth D. Peterson, Christopher R. Browning, Mei Po Kwan, Jae Yong Lee

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In this paper, we extend recent research on the spatial measurement of segregation and the spatial dynamics of urban crime by conceptualizing, measuring, and describing local segregation by race-ethnicity and economic status, and examining the linkages of these conditions with levels of neighborhood violent and property crime. The analyses are based on all 8895 census tracts within a sample of 86 large U.S. cities. We fit multilevel models of crime that incorporate measures of local segregation. The results reveal that, net of city-level and neighborhood characteristics, White-Black local segregation is associated with lower violent and property crime. In contrast, local segregation of low income from high income households is connected with higher crime, particularly neighborhood violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Science Research
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Neighborhood crime
  • Race-ethnic and economic inequality
  • Segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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