Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Diverse But Segregated States of America

The United States of America is becoming more and more diverse. It is also remains stubbornly segregated. According to the Washington Post most urban neighborhoods are becoming less segregated. Nevertheless many cities remain strongly segregated.

The Post has used data from the US census and from the 2016 five-year American Community Survey to map out where different ethnic groups live in American cities. The Segregation Map includes multiple small maps showing the diversity in a number of American cities. It also features a Mapbox based interactive map which allows you to explore the diversity of any American location.

The huge interactive dot map includes data for 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2016. This allows you to zoom-in on your town neighborhood to see whether it is becoming more diverse or more segregated. You might get a better idea of local trends in diversity by switching the map to the 'Diversity' view. This changes the map to a choropleth view showing the amount of diversity in each neighborhood. Purple colored areas are more segregated and green areas are more diverse.

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