When The Census Test Wraps Up We'll Get A New Snapshot Of Segregation In Providence

May 29, 2018

When census testing wraps up in Providence County, we’ll get the newest snapshot of the residents around Rhode Island’s capital city. The results will also give us a sense for how segregated the metro area is.

Brown University demographer John Logan says if you’re looking at black and white residents, Providence ranks 63rd out of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. That’s using data from the last two census tests, as well as the American Community Survey, a yearly look at U.S. demographics. 

Logan says the Providence metro area ranks relatively low for segregation between black and white residents. That may be due, at least in part, to the size of the state’s black community, which makes up less than 10 percent of the total population.

“So if you were going to think about Providence, although the black population is a very significant one, the bigger story is the growth of the Latino population and where they live and how separately they live.”

The Providence metro area is among the most segregated in the nation for Latino residents.

“If we look at white-Hispanic segregation Providence is number seven, so it’s very high,” Logan said. “It’s right up there with New York, Los Angeles and Newark.”

Demographers will get a more up-to-date picture of Providence County’s residents when the 2020 Census test data is released.