"Visualize race and income data for your community, county, and [USA]."
August 29, 2014 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Also great is the NYTimes' Census Explorer [Mapping America - Every City, Every Block].

I'm partial to dot representations of values rather than choropleth maps, since they also communicate density and distribution.
posted by entropone at 12:32 PM on August 29, 2014 [4 favorites]

Zoom down to the metro area level of almost any major U.S. City and click on income for a stark visual on urban decay.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:37 PM on August 29, 2014

Not a fan of the color choices. Purple and red are too close, to be the two biggest groups.
posted by smackfu at 12:40 PM on August 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just moved from a block that was 56% Hispanic (and 68% non-white) to one that is 89.5% white. I'm pretty happy with my new apartment, but I'm not sure what the fuck to make of that.

Does income work at the street level? I could only get it to work at the census block level, and that's not terribly helpful in my old place, because there were very stark income divisions between different parts of the neighborhood.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 1:39 PM on August 29, 2014

Does it make me a terrible person that the first thought I had was this can help me find great taquerias when in a new place? Probably. Also means I'm hungry. Terrible and hungry.
posted by Keith Talent at 2:50 PM on August 29, 2014 [3 favorites]

Agree about the color choices. Even Baltimore doesn't show contrasts between neighborhoods. Also wish the green color they chose for Asians wasn't so similar to the default for unpopulated areas like parks.
posted by spbmp at 3:13 PM on August 29, 2014

I was actually kind of surprised by the geographical extent to which white people have a plurality.
posted by threeants at 3:41 PM on August 29, 2014

The level of detail on this is astounding. I zoomed in to my state to see the counties, then zoomed in some on my county and saw the census tracts. Then I zoomed in again to try and find my street and laughed out loud when the tracts resolved into blocks. Thanks, tmotat.
posted by ob1quixote at 5:27 PM on August 29, 2014

I love this.
posted by kprincehouse at 8:17 PM on August 29, 2014

Wow. Wow. Needs some ColorBrewer work, but wow. Great post.
posted by Mr. Six at 8:36 PM on August 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

On the "Justice Map," you can follow the routes of major interstate highways by the lower percentages of white inhabitants, a swath of lighter purple cutting through a field of darker purple. See, for instance, the course of Interstate 55 as it runs from Memphis to Chicago.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:12 PM on August 29, 2014

(Similarly, I-80 from Iowa City to Cleveland.)
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:13 PM on August 29, 2014


Learned a new word today! Huzzah for vocabulary!!
posted by Fizz at 6:29 AM on August 30, 2014


Yeah, who says the Mission is getting gentrified? Its only 89.5% white!
posted by lkc at 11:49 AM on August 30, 2014

( which explains all those shitty overpriced "tex-mex" places that have popped up )
posted by lkc at 11:50 AM on August 30, 2014

I'm enjoying finding the places where all the colors are in close proximity and thinking, "I'd like to live right there."
posted by talkingmuffin at 11:05 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

“How the Suburbs Got Poor
,” Reihan Salam, Slate, 04 September 2014
posted by ob1quixote at 5:15 PM on September 4, 2014

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