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Our Private Idaho
Part of the Series: America by the Numbers
American suburbs are becoming more diverse, but the "exurbs" that surround them remain overwhelmingly white. In fact, while whites account for only eight percent of total U.S. population growth, they make up 73 percent of growth in exurban areas. Visit Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a town that successfully ousted the Aryan…
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Part of the Series: The African Americans
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