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Middle-income neighborhoods decline in metro areas

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Middle-income neighborhoods are a dying breed in the nation's metropolitan areas, according to a report by The Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and the share of middle-income residents is declining even in suburban areas. The report, "Where Did They Go? The Decline of Middle-Income Neighborhoods in Metropolitan America," is based on a study of U.S. Census data for families and neighborhoods in the nation's 100 largest metro areas and data for the cities and suburbs in 12 selected metro areas. The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit research and public policy organization. The share of middle-income neighborhoods in the largest metropolitan areas dropped from 58 percent in 1970 to 41 percent in 1940, and the share of middle-income inner-city neighborhoods in the 12 selected metro areas dropped from 45 percent in 1970 to 23 percent in 2000, according to the report. Research also shows an increasing segregation of neighborhoods along income lines and an increasing d...