Patterns of Residential Segregation among White Ethnics in Allegheny County in 1940

Mary Jalufka, Texas A&M University

I analyze segregation patterns of white ethnics in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, during 1940 using IPUMS microdata. This study will (1) map the population distributions of Allegheny county in 1940, (2) produce pairwise comparisons identifying segregation patterns between native-born white, foreign-born white, and native-born black populations, and (3) situate findings within a broader discussion of spatial assimilation and place stratification theories. To analyze the entirety of Allegheny county, I build upon extant digitized enumeration district maps of Pittsburgh to include the county remainder outside the city limits. County-wide, foreign-born whites are more segregated from each other than they are from native-born whites. Whites from European countries who sent early waves of immigrants, such as Ireland or Germany, live among native-born whites more often than those from later-arriving Slavic nations. Native- and foreign-born whites are more segregated from black Americans than any other group, and this pattern is more pronounced within Pittsburgh than in the remainder of Allegheny county.

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 Presented in Session 136. Geographies of Segregation and Inequality I