Separate but unequal: … Despite our growing diversity, Americans still live much as we have for the past 30 years — apart from each other as soon as we can afford to, if not sooner.

Suburbs, particularly in newer, more affordable areas farther out from urban centers, are booming in places like Washington, Houston and Denver. Yet analyses of the 2000 census data by researchers at the State University of New York at Albany suggest there has been little change in the tendency of whites, blacks, Latinos and Asians to live apart from one another.

How far apart? Let’s go to the data, the trends, the stories and the the methodology to the madness