Columbus, surrounding counties named in report as one of most segregated areas in America

The Columbus metropolitan has been named no. 19 in a list of the 25 most segregated cities in America, according to data compiled by 24/7 Wall St.

The list is comprised of cities across the country, but some entries include data from a single county while others use metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Columbus’ case, the data comes from five counties: Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion and Russell.

For instance, Flint, Michigan, named no. 18, only uses data from the county it’s based in, Genesee.

Areas in the list were selected based on the black population, the percentage of black people living in black neighborhoods, the black poverty rate, the white poverty rate and educational attainment rates, according to 24/7 Wall St.’s methodology.

The greater the share of black metro residents living in the area’s racially homogenous neighborhoods, the greater the degree of segregation, according to the article.

In Columbus, nearly 41% of the population is black, more than 36% of the black population lives in majority-black neighborhoods, 28% of blacks live in poverty and less than 12% of whites live in poverty.

85% of heads of household in white Columbus neighborhoods own their homes, while 48% of heads of household in black neighborhoods do. This is one of the largest homeownership gaps nationwide, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Based on the methodology, majority-black neighborhoods are defined by percentage of a metropolitan area’s black residents who live in majority-black census tracts, based on statistical subdivisions with an average of about 4,000 people.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas, took at No. 1 spot as the most segregated city in America.

24/7 Wall St. is an online news organization that covers financial, business, opinion and cultural news.

Britneé Davis is McClatchy’s South Region Digital Producer. The south region includes the Sun Herald, the Telegraph, and the Ledger-Enquirer.