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Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Racial and Ethnic Diversity measures the degree to which racial and/or ethnic groups are disbursed throughout the City's neighborhoods. Attributes of segregated neighborhoods may have profound and diverse impacts on health, with residents of segregated neighborhoods often experiencing many conditions adverse to health. Segregated neighborhoods typically have fewer assets and resources such as schools, libraries, and public transportation. Segregated low-income neighborhoods also frequently host unwanted land uses such as power plants, solid and hazardous waste sites, bus yards, and high traffic roadways resulting in disproportionately higher exposure to noise and air pollution. Research also demonstrates a relationship between residential segregation and teenage childbearing, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, availability of food establishments serving healthy foods, and exposure to toxic air pollutants. Racial and ethnic diversity scores are calculated using the Shannon-Wiener Diversity Index calculated using U.S. Census data.
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