Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Charles Heller

Second Advisor

Dr. Eldor Quandt

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Stoltman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This paper examines patterns of Hispanic household concentration and segregation from non-Hispanic households in Holland, Michigan for the decades from 1960 to 1990 with some analysis of 1950 patterns. Household data were obtained from United States census reports and Polk directories, from which location quotients and indices of dissimilarity were calculated for census tracts and census blocks within the study area.

Data showed that most of Holland’s Hispanic households have been found in the three census tracts closest to the central city, but that deconcentration is occurring as more Hispanic families setde in peripheral areas of Holland. Data also indicated that there is decreasing segregation between Hispanic households and non-Hispanic households at both census tract and block levels, with central city areas showing less segregation than peripheral areas.