Well this is pretty awesome. It’s aggregate data of the distribution of racial / ethnic groups from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. Go ahead and put your own city in there, or, if you’re from my great city, Houston, let’s have a discussion. This is a map I’ll be referring to for years to come in my own work. Sorry for the small sample, my blog format is limiting in this sense, but click on the image above and it’ll open a larger jpg file. Or go to “Mapping America: Every City, Every Block; NY Times article.”
Some quick observations on my part about Houston:
- Whites are largely spread west of the city center, densely populating sections just south of I-10. Accessibility and commuting issues come to mind.
- Blacks appear to be less dispersed throughout the city, and largely clumped together in geographic areas (although the blue makes it hard to tell).
- Hispanics are largely dispersed, although they are also clumped in some areas.
- Asians are the least represented and sprinkled throughout.
- There are some clear racial lines in this city, west and east are pretty clearly defined.
I don’t have conclusions; these are merely opening observations. Observations lead to understanding leads to vision leads to community development leads to change. So we’re just beginning to observe now. Thoughts?