Race and ethnicity: Nashville

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I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

Jen Miz, Jason Tan, Signalkorps, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Third day girl 55 months ago | reply

    This is very interesting

  2. Shades of Gray 55 months ago | reply

    This makes me proud to live in East Nashville. I studied a lot of the maps of cities I'm familiar with, and the contrast is stark. Especially in Detroit, the 8-mile strip. But here in East Nashville, it is pretty well integrated, and it works! Makes me feel good about my neighborhood as an example to other cities.

  3. submandave 55 months ago | reply

    SoG: the trend I've seen in these maps is that in many southern cities you can still distinguish the historical "black town" area(s), but there is evidence of the diffusion to which you refer, as either black families have moved up into middle-class and out to the suburbs of middle-class blacks have moved into the city and chose to live in the suburbs. In many northern cities, though, as you have also noted, the start segregation between white and black is as important and strong as ever.

  4. nashvol85 55 months ago | reply

    submandave - I think one difference between southern cities and northern cities are growth patterns. We are a growing city, and rather than having just established neighborhoods, we have neighborhoods where people -- not just locals, are moving in. Yes, we have a ways to go before we are truly integrated, but we have wonderful neighborhoods where all new residents are welcome --white, black, hispanic, asian, etc.

    There are still the social and economic areas that we have to overcome, but we have a great foundation laid. Areas like East Nashville, as SoG lives, as well as Germantown to the north, and Antioch to the south. West Nashville has a lot of potential as well. We do have white flight suburbs, but as I mentioned, with the growth we are experiencing, those cities are open to new families of all races and colors to integrate. Hopefully we can make 'boundaries' less and less clear over time and eventually you won't be able to identify neighborhoods by their outside appearance, but what they hold inside.

  5. Eric Fischer 54 months ago | reply

    Replaced with new image that represents the shapes of census blocks accurately.

  6. Eric Fischer 49 months ago | reply

    Updated for Census 2010:

  7. Nicolas Homal [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Nice picture and congratz for Explore! .

  8. bdarby90 34 months ago | reply

    "But here in East Nashville, it is pretty well integrated, and it works!"

    Shades of Gray, you didn't say what specifically is pretty well integrated in East Nashville?

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