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May 19, 2014

Blacks and whites still largely attend separate schools in Sacramento

This past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that ended mandatory racial segregation in America's schools.

But even in Sacramento, one of the nation's most diverse areas, blacks and whites often don't see much of one another in public school hallways.

School-age white children in the Sacramento region outnumber black children by a ratio of six to one. But:

  • - White students outnumber black students by a ratio of at least 50 to 1 in 20 percent of the region's schools.
  • - White students outnumber black students by a ratio of at least 20 to 1 in 40 percent of the region's schools.
  • - Black students outnumber white students in 20 percent of the region's schools.

The trend comes down to where black and white families in the region live. Black families are much more likely to be clustered in certain parts of the urban core; white families are much more likely than black families to live in certain suburbs and rural areas.

This map shows the region's schools where blacks and whites are least likely to see one another. At least 50 white students attend schools in red for every black student. At least five black students attend schools in purple for ever white student.

Black/White segregation in Sacramento schools |
Red: White students outnumber blacks at least 50 to 1 |
Purple: Black students outnumber whites at least 5 to 1 |
Source: California Department of Education
Notes: Analysis excludes schools with fewer than 100 students.

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