Location Choice in Minority Group Suburbanization: The Case of Metropolitan Chicago

32 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020

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John F. McDonald

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: April 9, 2020


This paper is a study of suburbanization of African-Americans and Hispanics in metropolitan Chicago. There are at least three different types of suburbs; satellite cities with their own employment bases, spillover suburbs adjacent to the central city, and newer commuter suburbs attractive to middle-class households. The study includes data on five satellite cities and 109 spillover and other of suburbs in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in metropolitan Chicago. African-American suburbanization was concentrated in spillover suburbs and the suburbs of southern Cook County – locations that already had substantial African-American populations. However, nearly all of the suburbs had an increase in African-American population. The suburbanization of Hispanics reflects the much larger growth of this group. From 1990 to 2010 the satellite cities and the suburbs generally more than doubled in their percentages of Hispanic population. Suburbs with lower income levels in 1990 tended to attract more Hispanics.

Keywords: Minority Groups, Suburbanization, Metropolitan Chicago

Suggested Citation

McDonald, John F., Location Choice in Minority Group Suburbanization: The Case of Metropolitan Chicago (April 9, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3572078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3572078

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