Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6175

Date

2018

Date of Award

7-16-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Geography

Committee Member

Angela Antipova

Committee Member

Esra Ozdenerol

Committee Member

Yongsang Kwon

Abstract

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 and minor recession in 2001-2002 caused increases in financial strife for which the United States is recovering over 10 years later. Memphis ranks high for poverty, yet few studies evaluate Shelby County, Tennessee for poverty and segregation. This project adds to spatial recessional research by investigating changes in poverty and segregation in the county. Through a tract-level analysis, I located poverty and segregation in Shelby County for 2000 and 2009. I hypothesize that Blacks and Hispanics are the poorest of all groups and experience the most residential segregation. Results from 2000 showed that Black and Hispanic residents lived in poverty twice as much as their White and Asian counterparts. As found by Frey and Meyers (2005), White and Asian groups were the most evenly dispersed. In 2009, Black and Hispanic groups had the highest share of tracts that were in poverty and near poverty states.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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