shared satisfaction among residents living in multiracial neighborhoods

Multiracial neighborhood integration has become common in many US metropolitan areas. Traditional theories of racial change predict low levels of satisfaction in these neighborhoods while an emerging literature argues that multiracial neighborhoods do not fit these traditional theories. This article takes up the question: are residents satisfied living in multiracial neighborhoods? The article uses data representing all residents of multiracial neighborhoods in the Washington, DC area to study neighborhood satisfaction in multiracial neighborhoods. The analysis finds evidence of shared satisfaction among residents regardless of race: large and equal shares of each racial group were satisfied. Whites were less satisfied than whites elsewhere in the metropolitan region, but were unlikely to perceive neighborhood decline. The shared satisfaction among residents of all races and the lack of racial antipathy to change among whites suggests that multiracial neighborhoods offer places to promote racial equity.

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