Racial Segregation and Crime in Urban Neighborhoods

Scott Akins, Washington State University Vancouver

Recent research has noted the importance of racial segregation for predictions of violent crime (Parker and McCall, 1999; Peterson and Krivo 1993) but the relationship between segregation and other forms of crime has not been addressed by empirical analyses. Additionally, the relationship of segregation and crime has yet to be examined among communities, perhaps the most theoretically salient unit of analysis. This study examines the association of segregation and multiple forms of crime among communities n Portland, Oregon, using census data and community-level crime data collected frm the Portland Police Department.

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