Something else to blather about whilst awaiting the start of camp--

A couple of days ago I ran across this website, which lists the supposed 21 most segregated cities in the US.

Before anyone gets all het up, this is segregation in terms of housing patterns--where people live, not where they shop or play or how they're treated, OK?
The average black person lives in a neighborhood that is 45 percent black. Without segregation, his neighborhood would be only 13 percent black, according to professors John Logan and Brian Stults at Brown and Florida State.

Logan and Stult evaluated segregation in major cities with a dissimilarity index, which identifies the percentage of one group that would have to move to a different neighborhood to eliminate segregation. A score above 60 on the dissimilarity index is considered extreme.
As it happens, 18 NFL franchises* call home one of the 20 cities with scores above 60--two in NYC (#3), none in Newark NJ (#4), Birmingham AL (#12) or LA (#13).

More fun facts:
  • Ten are in the AFC, eight in the NFC
  • The AFC West has no home towns on the list
  • The NFC South and NFC West have one home town each on the list (NO and STL respectively)
  • The NFC North*, NFC East, AFC South and AFC East each have all but one home town on the list (missing MIN, DAL, JAX and BUF, respectively)
  • All 4 home towns of the AFC North are on the list

By this measure the AFCN is the most segregated-by-domicile division in the NFL: PGH 63.1, BAL 64.3, CIN 66.9, CLE 72.6.

I'm not entirely sold on the profs' methodology; OTOH it might be the best one could do from a practical standpoint. Whatever you might think, it's IMHO worth visiting that link to have a look at the color-coded maps.

* NB This includes Milwaukee (tied for the top with Detroit at 79.6) as the Packers' domicile. YMMV