Immigration and Metropolitan Residential Segregation (ICPSR 34460)

Principal Investigator(s): Iceland, John D., Pennsylvania State University. Sociology Department


It is commonly thought that differences in residential patterns across social and ethnic groups reflect social divisions and distance. The goal of this project was to use restricted data from the 1990 and 2000 censuses to document patterns of residential segregation among native- and foreign-born people of various racial and ethnic groups, and examine the interplay between race and nativity in producing observed patterns. In doing so, the study aimed to shed light on the aptness of the spatial assimilation model in explaining residential patterns of groups composed of many immigrants, as opposed to models that stress the overarching role of race and racial conflict in determining where people live.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from DSDR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    ethnicity, immigrants, population distribution, residential segregation

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. John D. Iceland

211 Oswald Tower

Sociology Department

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802