A new report released by the Manhattan Institute indicates that black segregation from other racial groups is at its lowest in more than a century. No housing market has a level of black isolation as high as the national average 40 years ago. Declines were noted in all 85 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, although an Illinois city remains one of the most divided.

Such things as access to credit, fair housing laws and immigration are factors in the decline. However, social and income inequality remain. "USAToday" cites Brown University sociologist John Logan as saying segregation is nowhere near an end. He points out there are no signs of whites moving into what were previously all-minority neighborhoods and he says whites abandon mixed areas. The report found that while Chicago had a significant decline, it remains the most segregated large city in America.

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