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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* -- 263,782 67.11%
Black* 60.3 60,297 15.34%
American Indian* 27.0 18,005 4.58%
Asian* 41.2 7,096 1.81%
Native Hawaiian* 72.8 165 0.04%
Other* 55.9 458 0.12%
Two or More Races* 24.7 15,135 3.85%
White/Black* 44.5 1,531 0.39%
White/American Indian* 23.2 8,869 2.26%
White/Asian* 41.8 943 0.24%
White/Other* 49.1 820 0.21%
Other Combinations* -- 2,972 0.76%
Hispanic 43.5 28,111 7.15%
Total -- 393,049 100.00%

* 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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