This study examines neighborhood change among mixed income neighborhoods in Chicago, IL between 2010 and 2017. Previous literature has focused extensively on the process of gentrification in transitioning homogenous low income neighborhoods to homogenous high income neighborhoods. However, few studies have tested empirically if mixed income neighborhoods are a persistent neighborhood type or if they are inherently a neighborhood undergoing transition. This methodology uses data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey to utilize a logit regression which tests the likelihood that a 2010 mixed income neighborhood will transition upwards to a 2017 homogenous high income neighborhood. Additionally, ArcGIS maps and a spatial autoregressive model were considered to test the surrounding spatial influences in the model. The findings of this study indicate that mixed income neighborhoods are more persistent in the short run than originally hypothesized.


Burnell, James


Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning


mixed income neighborhoods, gentrification, displacement

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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