How racially diverse are American cities? Check these maps out

September 20, 2013

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How racially diverse are American cities? Check these maps out

United States Population Demographics Map

The Map

This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity. The map is presented in both black and white and full color versions. In the color version, each dot is color-coded by race.

All of the data displayed on the map are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Summary File 1 dataset made publicly available through the National Historical Geographic Information System. The data is based on the “census block,” the smallest area of geography for which data is collected (roughly equivalent to a city block in an urban area).

The map was created by Dustin Cable, a demographic researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Brandon Martin-Anderson from the MIT Media Lab deserves credit for the original inspiration for the project. This map builds on his work by adding the Census Bureau’s racial data, and by correcting for mapping errors.

The Dots

Each of the 308 million dots are smaller than a pixel on your computer screen at most zoom levels. Therefore, the “smudges” you see at the national and regional levels are actually aggregations of many individual dots. The dots themselves are only resolvable at the city and neighborhood zoom levels.

Each dot on the map is also color-coded by race and ethnicity. Whites are coded as blue; African-Americans, green; Asians, red; Hispanics, orange; and all other racial categories are coded as brown.

The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service is a research and training organization focused on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Center provides objective information, data, applied research, technical assistance, and practical training to state and local officials, community leaders, and members of the general public.

The Racial Dot Map
One Dot Per Person for the Entire United States
Created by Dustin Cable, July 2013

http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/index.html

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Albuquerque
Albuquerque
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Atlanta
Atlanta
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Austin
Austin
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Birmingham
Birmingham
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Boston
Boston
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Buffalo
Buffalo
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Charleston
Charleston
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Charlotte
Charlotte
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Chicago
Chicago
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Cincinnati
Cincinnati
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Cleveland
Cleveland
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Columbia
Columbia
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Columbus
Columbus
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Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas-Fort Worth
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Dayton
Dayton
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Denver
Denver
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Des Moines
Des Moines
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Detroit
Detroit
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El Paso
El Paso
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Greensboro/Winston-Salem
Greensboro Winst-Salem
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Hartford
Hartford
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Houston
Houston
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Huntsville
Huntsville
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Indianapolis
Indianapolis
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Jackson
Jackson
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Jacksonville
Jacksonville
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Kansas City
Kansas City
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Las Vegas 
Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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Memphis
Memphis
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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
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Milwaukee
Milwaukee
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Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Minneapolis-St Paul
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Montgomery
Montgomery
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Nashville
Nashville
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New Orleans
New Orleans
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New York City
New York
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Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
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Orlando
Orlando
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Philadelphia
Philadelphia
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Phoenix
Phoenix
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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
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Portland
Portland
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Providence
Providence
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Raleigh-Durham
Raleigh-Durham
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Richmond
Richmond
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Rochester
Rochester
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Sacramento
Sacramento
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Sacramento
San Antonio
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San Diego
San Diego
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San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
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Seattle
Seattle
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Saint Louis
St Louis
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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
Tampa
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Tulsa
Tulsa
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Tucson
Tucson
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Virginia Beach-Norfolk
Virginia Beach-Norfolk
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Washington-Baltimore
Washington-Baltimore
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One Comment on “How racially diverse are American cities? Check these maps out”

  1. ohnwentsya Says:

    Thank you for posting this.

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