Monday, November 10, 2014

New York's Cluster Neighborhoods

The City Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) in New York has released an interactive map of the city which organizes each census tract in New York into 14 new clusters. The new clusters have been determined using a number of shared demographic characteristics, including race, household income, educational attainment and age.

The new map reveals the demographic changes in New York between the 2000 and 2010 censuses by ignoring the city's traditional neighborhood boundaries and by creating new identity clusters. The Making Neighborhoods map allows you to view each of the census tracts belonging to each of the new 14 CHPC defined clusters.

You can select to view a cluster by hovering over the colored squares beneath the map. Select a cluster color and you can view each of the census tracts which share the characteristics of the chosen cluster highlighted on the map. An information window also displays the shared demographic characteristics of the chosen cluster.

The map also allows you to visualize how the demographics of New York has changed between 2000 and 2010. Select a year at the top of the map and you can view New York's census tracts colored by the CHPC identity clusters for the chosen year.

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