City and Regional Planning

  • Long Beach is among the California cities included in a new Metropolitan Equity Report Card. It’s ranked as part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area.

    Photo George Miquilena

2016 Metropolitan Equity Report Card

This working paper uses recent data from the American Community Survey to look at how African-Americans, Latinos, and women fare when compared to Whites and men in each of the nation’s 374 metropolitan areas on ten equity and opportunity categories, including: residential segregation, poverty, household income, homeownership, unemployment, educational attainment, residential over-crowding, job mobility, and transit dependency.

Among places with more than one million people, the metropolitan areas that garnered the highest overall grades for African-Americans in 2016 included Riverside-San Bernardino in California, San Antonio, Tucson, Jacksonville, and Las Vegas.  Jacksonville and Riverside-San Bernardino also topped the equity opportunity list for Latinos, along with Norfolk, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh. For women, Sacramento, Providence, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Tampa-St. Petersburg offered the best mix of opportunities.  Similar rankings are presented for medium-sized and smaller metropolitan areas, as well as for the most-improved metro areas since 2005.

This is the first paper to look at multiple groups across so many equity areas for all of the nation’s metropolitan areas.

Download ‘The 2016 Metropolitan Equity Report Card’


John D. Landis, Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning