Investigating Fine-Scale Residential Segregation By Means of Local Spatial Statistics

  • Itzhak Omer Tel Aviv University
  • Itzhak Benenson Tel Aviv University
Keywords: Residential Segregation, Spatial Statistics, Segregation Indices, GIS, Census Data, Neighborhood, Jewish-Arab Relations


The paper presents a GIS-based approach to estimating individual household residential segregation based on three sources of information: a detailed geo-referenced dataset of family characteristics obtained from the 1995 Israeli Census of Population and Housing, subjective data on individuals' estimates of their house's neighborhood, and detailed GIS maps of urban infrastructure. The potential of the proposed approach is illustrated by studying Jewish-Arab residential segregation in the Yaffo area of Tel Aviv. The combination of detailed objective and subjective geo-referenced data provide the basis for intensive fine-scale urban studies and local planning interventions.


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