Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Marshall, Jennifer Jehan, "Recessional Poverty and Segregation in Shelby County, Tennessee" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1819.