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Report: Houston’s Richest Are Becoming More Isolated from Everyone Else

Houston’s high-poverty areas have quadrupled since 1980, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The county’s upper-income census tracts tend to be more homogeneous — meaning that individuals with similar levels of income live in the same place. The researchers said this trend has been amplified over time, with […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaHouston’s high-poverty areas have quadrupled since 1980, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

The county’s upper-income census tracts tend to be more homogeneous — meaning that individuals with similar levels of income live in the same place. The researchers said this trend has been amplified over time, with Houston’s high-income residents becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of the region.

Joining us today to discuss what’s going on in Houston is Heather A. O’Connell, postdoctoral fellow at the Kinder Institute.

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