, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 243–268 | Cite as

Locational returns to human capital: Minority access to suburban community resources

  • John R. Logan
  • Richard D. Alba
Ethnic suburbanization


The suburbanization of racial and ethnic minorities is analyzed in terms of the locational resources provided by their communities of residence. In suburbs in the New York CMSA, non-Hispanic whites and Asians, on average, live in communities with higher average socioeconomic status, while Hispanics and blacks live in the less desirable suburbs. Models predicting suburban socioeconomic status for each racial/ethnic group show that whites and Hispanics receive consistent returns on income, acculturation, and family status. Asians’ locational patterns differ because they are unrelated to measures of acculturation; for blacks, locational outcomes correspond least to any of these human capital characteristics.


Census Tract Home Ownership Median Household Income Residential Segregation Stratification Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Logan
    • 1
  • Richard D. Alba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbany

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