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Lincoln, NE

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The dissimilarity index measures the relative separation or integration of groups across all neighborhoods of a city or metropolitan area. If a city's white-black dissimilarity index were 65, that would mean that 65% of white people would need to move to another neighborhood to make whites and blacks evenly distributed across all neighborhoods.

Dissimilarity Indices
Dissimilarity Index Percent of
With Whites* Population** Total Population
White* -- 222,067 88.72%
Black* 46.6 6,892 2.75%
American Indian* 52.2 1,411 0.56%
Asian* 42.9 7,118 2.84%
Native Hawaiian* 76.3 134 0.05%
Other* 61.6 352 0.14%
Two or More Races* 36.1 3,880 1.55%
White/Black* 44.4 1,142 0.46%
White/American Indian* 46.7 757 0.30%
White/Asian* 45.8 756 0.30%
White/Other* 64.3 617 0.25%
Other Combinations* -- 608 0.24%
Hispanic 39.0 8,437 3.37%
Total Population -- 250,291 100.00%

* Non-Hispanic only.

* When a group's population is small, its dissimilarity index may be high even if the group's members are evenly distributed throughout the area. Thus, when a group's population is less than 1,000, exercise caution in interpreting its dissimilarity indices.

Source: William H. Frey and Dowell Myers' analysis of Census 2000; and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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