Study Says Uptown Chicago's Most Diverse Neighborhood

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jul 14, 2008 6:36PM

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A new study from the Chaddick Institute at DePaul examines Chicago's diversity by neighborhood by creating a "composite diversity index." The study measured ethnic diversity, income diversity and age diversity. According to their findings,

  • "In the composite index, the five most ethnically diverse neighborhoods are, in order from most diverse to least, Rogers Park, Uptown, New City, Albany Park and Hyde Park. Five of the top eight are clustered together on the North Side, giving this area the distinction of being the most ethnically diverse part of the city."

  • "In the composite index, Hyde Park and West Town rank first and second, respectively" for income diversity. "If present trends continue, Near West Side and Bridgeport will, within a decade, surpass Hyde Park and West Town as the most income-diverse in neighborhoods in our composite index."

  • "Despite rising diversity in the city as a whole, Chicago‚Äôs reputation as a place lacking integration between white residents and black residents seems destined to persist. By most commonly accepted measures, Chicago will likely remain the most segregated major city in the country."

  • "The top five neighborhoods for overall diversity, as determined by the DePaul Composite Diversity Index, are (in order from most to least diverse) Uptown, Rogers Park, Hyde Park, Bridgeport, and Albany Park."

Read the whole study here.