Author: Zhang, Haifeng

Title: School Desegregation and White Flight Revisited: A Spatial Analysis from a Metropolitan Perspective

University Affiliation: University of Louisville


Research Question: Do Whites still flee from central city to urban schools? If cross district White flight exists is it related to school desegregation or simply the result of migration to the suburbs? Do Whites flee to private schools in the wake of school desegregation policies?

Published: Yes

Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation: Urban Geography

Journal Entry: Vol. 32, N.8, Pp 1208-1226

Year: 2011


  1. Jefferson County lost 20% White enrollment (net loss nearly 13,000) from 1987-2006 while its suburban counterparts, especially Oldham and Spencer where most of the new suburban growth had occurred, experienced a substantial increase in White enrollment.
  2. A one percentage increase in student poverty corresponded to a nearly .5 percentage decrease in the proportion Whites enrolled in public schools.
  3. Minority percentages in neighborhoods where the public schools were located showed a significant negative correlation, suggesting a White aversion to minority presence.
  4. There was a negative relationship between urban location and White enrollment.
  5. The effect of median household income, educational attainment (of the parents) and desegregation status were positive and significant on the White private school enrollment rate.

Scholarship Type Journal Article Empirical Research

Keywords: Desegregation, Private Schools, White Flight

Regions Midwest

Methodologies: Quantitative

Research Designs: Secondary Survey Data

Method of Analysis: Regression

Sampling Frame: Schools in Louisville, KY metropolis

Sample Types: Population

Unit of Analysis: School

Data Types: Quantitative

Data Description:


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