Race Map-NYC-Dustin Cable-University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center Public ServiceRace map of NYC. White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown

Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service used race data from the 2010 U.S. census to make a comprehensive map of geographical ethnic distribution, as featured in Wired. To give you an idea of the scale of this map, Cable pulled from 308,745,538 data points (each dot representing one person) resulting in 7 GB of data. The map is made of 1.2 million PNG files to account for varying levels of zoom.

Here in New York City, you can see some general patterns at a city-wide level. The Asian population in Chinatown, Sunset Park, Woodside and Flushing. White in the Upper West and Upper East sides of Manhattan, Staten Island, Greenwich Village/Chelsea/Meatpacking and portions of Williamsburg, Red Hook and Greenpoint. Latino population in Harlem, the Bronx, Elmhurst. African American in central Brooklyn, Jamaica, part of Harlem and the Bronx.

Cable does warn that because each data dot is smaller than a single pixel, “the dots themselves are only resolvable at the city and neighborhood zoom levels” so you’ll see a lot more information once you zoom in. One of the most interesting things we noticed is the ring of orange around Rikers Island. The population of Rikers is counted in the census, although why it’s mapped on the edges is curious.

Race Map-NYC-Rikers Island-Dustin Cable-University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center Public ServiceRikers Island 

Wired has taken screenshots of the major US cities, including Los Angeles and the very striking 8 mile border in Detroit (shown below):

Race Map-Los Angeles-Dustin Cable-University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center Public ServiceLos Angeles Race Map

Race Map-Detroit-Close-Up-Dustin Cable-University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center Public ServiceRace map of Detroit along 8 Mile Road

Play with the map here on the Cooper Center website.


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