Mapping Race and Ethnicity

How segregated is your city?

You can see at a glance thanks to a project by developed by Bill Rankin, focusing on the city of Chicago. His idea was expanded to 40 US cities by Eric Fisher and posted on Flickr.

Using U.S. Census data from 2000, he created a map where one dot equals 25 people. The dots are then color-coded based on race: White is pink; Black is blue; Hispanic is orange, and Asian is green.

Let’s just have a look see.





Get a load of Detroit. Sheesh.

Get a load of Detroit. Sheesh.



Filed under Headline, Race Relations, Real Estate, sprawl

13 responses to “Mapping Race and Ethnicity

  1. Special K

    Some pretty stark contrasts here!

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  6. Sean Posey

    So much for the myth of color blind America!

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  10. Pete from Baltimore

    Thank you for the link to the Eric fisher’s Flickr site. My own citiy of Baltimore was fairly divided. although i think the map simplifies in some ways.My neighborhood of highlandtwon is about 1/3 black,1/3 white and 1/3 latino .And the neighborhood of Pigtown [yes thats its real name] is also very racially mixed.But that sort of thing doesnt show well on the map.

    I did find it interesting that there were two very tiny spots in the Dundalk area of Baltimore[the southeast part of the map of Baltimore] that were black neighborhoods. Im familiar with both.and at least one [Turner Station] was the direct result of Dundalk being a “company town” of the nearby steel mill , years back. The segregation was deliberate and not subtle. Turner Station was where the black people HAD to live in Dundalk

  11. schmange

    This map is also an interesting way to display information about density. Look at the difference between Columbus and Detroit. These are fundamentally different cities.

    Also, so Detroit has its 8-mile boundary. In some areas there was actually a wall dividing the white portion of the city from the black. Columbus doesn’t have any firm geographic boundaries for its black population. I wonder if that’s part of the reason it is sprawling, or I wonder if it’s just because it is newer.

  12. Are we looking at the same map? The southeast, east, and northeast of Columbus’ downtown clearly have a black majority (see the blue stretch?). Unfortunately, these are also where most of the worst Columbus neighborhoods are located. While BET has ranked us as a top city for black families, that’s really only true if they don’t move to majority black neighborhoods where basics like grocery stores are non-existent, buildings that haven’t been bulldozed sit abandoned, shootings are common and the dumpy carry-outs selling cheap malt liquor and loosies serve as the gathering spot for the community’s drug dealers, dope heads, prostitutes, and other down and out individuals. Sadly, these maps more or less show which neighborhoods to avoid in any given city and residents who want no part of thug culture which has taken over these areas have already left if they had the means to do so. I can also attest to south side Chicago being in a league of its own, thanks to having taken the wrong train.

    The snide remarks insinuating or citing racist segregation come from pure ignorance. I myself have spent a bit of time in just about every bad neighborhood in Columbus (if you’re interested in urban grit I’ve got pics of them on my blog). These neighborhoods are not only majority black, but they have the largest amount of vacated structures both residential and commercial in the entire city. The tragedy here is that a disproportionate number of young black men really do believe that you’ve got to be a thug in order to “be black”, which is nonsense of course, as seen by the high number of black residents who don’t buy into that and have left these places behind. No one of any race: black, white, Asian, Hispanic, etc wants to move back into these blighted areas. The only segregation that has taken place is self-segregation by adherents of a shared violent culture who make entire neighborhoods unlivable.

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