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Mapping segregation in Chicagoland schools

WBEZ plotted out public schools in the metro region, 20 years ago and today. The number of very heavily white schools (90 percent or more white) has declined sharply in that time. And the number of “integrated” schools, where no race holds a majority, has increased.

But the number of extremely segregated (90 percent or more) black and extremely segregated Hispanic schools has also increased in both the city and the suburbs. Over 20 percent of all Chicagoland schools are extremely racially isolated black or Hispanic schools.

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White
90-100%
White
70-89%
White
50-69%
Black
90-100%
Black
70-89%
Black
50-69%
Hispanic
90-100%
Hispanic
70-89%
Hispanic
50-69%
Asian
90-100%
Asian
70-89%
Asian
50-69%
No majority

Includes K-12 public schools in Chicago, suburban Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. WBEZ removed schools with fewer than 15 students (such as regional alternative schools or special education programs). Data source: U.S. Department of Education. Locations are automatically assigned through geocoding, and therefore may contain inaccuracies.

School demographics

City of Chicago

Cook

DuPage

Grundy

Kane

Kendall

Lake

McHenry

Will