Racial Segregation, Disadvantage and Crime: A Comparison of Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio

Scott Akins, Washington State University Vancouver

: Recent research has noted the importance of racial segregation for predictions of violent crime. However, the process by which segregation is thought to generate increased crime is disputed. Using neighborhood-level data from Portland, Oregon and Columbus, OH, this research demonstrates that the effect of segregation on crime is conditional, depending upon the social and economic context of the area.

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