Black and Poor in Boston

Regional ReviewSpring 1997

BLACKS IN BOSTON

The concentration of African-Americans in the Boston metropolitan area is striking. While small populations of blacks increasingly live in areas on the outskirts of the metropolitan area -- this would not have been true thirty years ago -- the bulk of the black population resides in a single narrow north-south strip, running along Blue Hill Avenue, and including Roxbury, Dorchester, and some of Mattapan.

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POOR IN BOSTON

The black center of Boston is also the poorest district of the Boston metro area. While there are black sections that are not poor, and poor sections that are not black, the overall connection between poverty and segregation in the Boston metropolitan area is striking.

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