Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 321–346 | Cite as

White Flight Revisited: A Multiethnic Perspective on Neighborhood Out-Migration



Using geo-linked data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the decennial census, we compare probabilities of neighborhood out-migration for Anglos, blacks, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans by varying ethno-racial neighborhood compositions. Analyses for Latinos are disaggregated by nativity status. The results indicate that Anglos have a higher likelihood of moving when they have many minority neighbors and there is little difference whether minority neighbors are black or Latino. Among minorities there is some evidence of “minority flight” from whiter neighborhoods. Cubans, especially foreign-born Cubans, demonstrate the strongest propensity to flee neighborhoods with large black populations, whereas the probability of moving out decreases for Mexicans and Puerto Ricans when their neighbors are more likely to be black. Ethno-racial neighborhood composition has little effect on blacks’ decision to leave their neighborhood.


Ethnicity Neighborhoods Race Residential mobility Segregation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy F. Pais
    • 1
    • 2
  • Scott J. South
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kyle Crowder
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Center for Social and Demographic AnalysisState University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

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