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The inner city of Manchester, England, in 2007

The term inner city has been used as a euphemism for lower-income residential districts in the city center, and nearby areas.[1] Sociologists sometimes turn this euphemism into a formal designation, applying the term "inner city" to such residential areas, rather than to geographically more central commercial districts.

Some inner-city areas of American cities have undergone the socioeconomic process of gentrification, especially since the 1990s, which could potentially remove them from the sociological definition.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "BBC - Higher Bitesize Geography - Urban : Revision, Page4". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ "State of Metropolitan America, Part II, "Race and Ethnicity"" (PDF). p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help) (Brookings Institution) and its analysis in Gurwitt, Rob (July 2008). "Atlanta and the Urban Future". Governing. Retrieved April 5, 2010. — see example in Demographics of Atlanta: Race and ethnicity

Further readingEdit

  • Harrison, P. (1985) Inside the Inner City: Life Under the Cutting Edge. Penguin: Harmondsworth. This book takes Hackney in London as a case study of inner city urban deprivation.