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Racial Diversity Index

There is moderate to low levels of segregation between racial/ethnic groups in Lincoln
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dissimilarity index measures how closely, or separately, two racial/ethnic groups live to one another. On a scale from 0-100, with 0 being perfect integration and 100 being perfect segregation, a community’s score on the dissimilarity index can give insight into the geographic separation of racial or ethnic groups in the community. Lower scores indicate more integration among racial and ethnic groups, while higher scores indicate more segregation. Communities with scores below 40 are considered to have low segregation, communities with scores 40 to 54 are considered to have moderate segregation, and communities with scores 55 and above are considered to have high segregation. Scores are calculated by comparing two ethnic groups to each other. Here, we show levels of integration/segregation with White residents in Lincoln.

Most non-white ethnic groups in Lincoln have low levels of segregation from White residents, with the exception of Lincoln’s Black or African American population, which currently experiences a moderate level of segregation from White residents.

  • The dissimilarity index score has increased for all racial/ethnic groups from 2010 to 2020.
  • From 2010 to 2020, the dissimilarity index score for the proximity of Black or African American residents to White residents has increased by 5.5 points.
    • The 2020 dissimilarity index score is 42.5, indicating a moderate level of segregation.
    • The last time there was a moderate level of segregation was in 1990.
  • The dissimilarity index for the Asian American or Pacific Islander residents has increased 5 percentage points over the last ten years, from 34.3 to 39.3.
  • The dissimilarity index for Latino/a/Hispanic residents has increased slightly, from 34.5 in 2010 to 36.5 in 2020.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Racial/Ethnic Dissimilarity Trends, 1990-2020.