Tennessee, like other Southeastern states, has also gained in its share of racial/ethnic diversity, but it also contains some of the most segregated and poorest (e.g., Memphis) metropolises in the southeast. This paper examines one dimension of inequality – the income divide – measured here by the 95/20 Ratio. Important questions include: How does income divide vary across the major racial/ethnic groups in Tennessee’s ten metropolises? How do they associate with diversity, segregation, and other geographic predictors? By using simple ranking and correlations analyses to explore these relationships, I find that metropolises that are large, diverse and mostly segregated, with higher African American poverty, highly educated, and mixed-economy are also the most income divided. In contrast, the smaller, mid-diverse metropolises with mixed-economic structure are less divided. Knoxville and Clarksville, the 3rd and 6th largest metropolises in Tennessee, rank as the most and the least income divided for African Americans respectively.
"Income Divide and Race/Ethnicity in Tennessee Metropolises,"
International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: https://dc.uwm.edu/ijger/vol4/iss1/1