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Population 2043

How a Public Chinese Immersion School Is Desegregating St. Louis

The Chinese School brings together students from the suburbs and the inner city in one of America's most racially divided cities.   

What It's Like to Be a Black Cop in St. Louis County

Martise Scott escaped poverty and became a former detective for the St. Louis County Police Department. But he was still mistaken for a criminal by other police officers.

From Bratwurst to Bollywood: St. Louis's New Immigrants

Indian doctors and engineers are settling in the suburbs there, helping offset decades of population decline in this Midwestern city.

This Midwestern Mayor Wants Your City's Immigrants

The mayor of St. Louis has a bold plan to revitalize the region's economy and neighborhoods with new immigrants.

St. Louis Is Growing More Diverse–Just Not in the Black Half of Town

Rust Belt cities like St. Louis want to attract more immigrants, but few are integrating into African-American neighborhoods. 

Undocumented Worker in South Carolina Refuses to Live in Fear

A Mexican immigrant living in Spartanburg without papers asks the American public for forgiveness.

Hispanic Congregation Revives Historic Baptist Church in South Carolina

A white Baptist church reaches out to its new neighbors in Spartanburg's "Little Mexico."  

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How a Public Chinese Immersion School Is Desegregating St. Louis

The Chinese School brings together students from the suburbs and the inner city in one of America's most racially divided cities.   

What It's Like to Be a Black Cop in St. Louis County

Martise Scott escaped poverty and became a former detective for the St. Louis County Police Department. But he was still mistaken for a criminal by other police officers.

From Bratwurst to Bollywood: St. Louis's New Immigrants

Indian doctors and engineers are settling in the suburbs there, helping offset decades of population decline in this Midwestern city.

This Midwestern Mayor Wants Your City's Immigrants

The mayor of St. Louis has a bold plan to revitalize the region's economy and neighborhoods with new immigrants.

St. Louis Is Growing More Diverse–Just Not in the Black Half of Town

Rust Belt cities like St. Louis want to attract more immigrants, but few are integrating into African-American neighborhoods. 

Undocumented Worker in South Carolina Refuses to Live in Fear

A Mexican immigrant living in Spartanburg without papers asks the American public for forgiveness.

Hispanic Congregation Revives Historic Baptist Church in South Carolina

A white Baptist church reaches out to its new neighbors in Spartanburg's "Little Mexico."  

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.