Ranking 10 to the most income-segregated metros in US, Austin gains infamous reputation. Based on the study conducted in the Atlantic Cities by Richard Florida, Austin’s households are segregated economically.
Most of the high-income earning households are concentrated in the west of MoPac Expressway and in downtown of Austin. The low-income earning households reside at the east side of Austin. The study conducted by Florida, categorized the households by annual income. Households with $100,000 annual income are the upper-income households and those households with $34,000 or less annual incomes are the lower-income households.
Florida stated that economic segregation was a means of strategically focusing funding and services in upper-income households but greatly affects social mobility.