Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The South African Dot Map

Dot maps of the USA, showing population distribution by race have proved very popular recently. For example, the Racial Dot Map of America is a fascinating insight into the geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity in the USA.

South Africa now has its own racial dot distribution map. Mapping South Africa with Dot Distribution shows racial distribution across South Africa and also the first languages spoken, based on data from the 2011 South African census.

Zooming into a city on the map reveals how the legacy of apartheid is a nation still divided geographically and socially by race. Adam Frith, the creator of the map has also created a similar map based on the 2001 census data. Depressingly, comparing the 2001 and 2011 maps again reveals that the pace of racial integration appears to be moving very slowly in South Africa.

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