Race and ethnicity: Seattle

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

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  • Eldan Goldenberg PRO 5y

    The last couple of notes made me think of something: would it be feasible to make animated versions of these that cycle through several decades' censuses?
  • -avid- 5y

    Interesting work.
  • Eldan Goldenberg PRO 5y

    I should have posted this comment yesterday: once again, I love what you're doing with these maps, and I wrote about it for the Sustainable Cities blog:
  • rlpseattle 5y

    This is a great way to show how we are both separated and together. Hope a century from now the maps will show a better "rainbow". You know how it goes, if we can't hang together ...
  • Geo-Meg 5y

    To eldan -- check out Social Explorer for maps that show change over time: www.socialexplorer.com/pub/maps/home.aspx
  • Michael Schmidt 5y

    Having lived in Seattle in the late seventies, going to junior high and high school during those early years of desegregation, I am surprised by how unimpressive the blueness of the Central District is. Lots of possible explanations--it was already diluted 1980-2000; the controversy regarding desegregation overemphasized in my young mind the divisions that existed; and I've since lived in much more segregated cities (like Baltimore). I am also surprised by the strength of the green areas.
  • Michael Arnold 5y

    Hasn't the black population fallen by half in Seattle since the 1980's and the Asian population more than doubled? I don't believe (at least in the city), the Hispanic population has moved up by much compared to the rest of the state. It's interesting that the east side looks like Christmas, an even spread or red (Whites) and green (Asians). I believe that next to the SFO Bay Area and NYC Metro area, Seattle has the highest concentration of API (Asian/Pacific Islanders) in the county percentage wise, not population wise.
  • Michael Schmidt 5y

    That is interesting to hear--my discrepant impressions are then more a function of change with time rather than the youth at which they were formed....
  • Catherine Arnold 5y

    Great maps--very interesting, thank you again!
  • richjensen 5y

    SE Seattle looks like a salmon!
  • Jose Barbosa 5y

    yea, Seattle's so diverse....sarcasm alert
  • Matt Jones 5y

    Extremely interesting, thanks for sharing!
  • financial refugee 5y

    Blacks have been moving out of Seattle as its neighborhoods have been gentrified. It started on Queen Anne, then to Capital Hill, then the Central Area, and the latest being Columbia City. Just follow the latest abatement:

    "Angie's keeps Columbia City's 'essence' alive as area changes"

    "Angie's Tavern - CLOSED"

    Angie's abatement is just the tail end of a process that began back in the mid 90s in Columbia City. That said, the Columbia City / Rainier Valley zip code(s) are still among the most diverse in the country. And the Asians haven't budged off of nearby Beacon Hill and Seward Park. Still, Seattle and the Puget Sound area are pretty white overall. At least the Jet City didn't get tagged with the moniker of Honky Town as did its neighbor to the south, Portland.
  • Merlin 5y

    In the mid1800s black people were prohibited from owning land in the part of the Oregon Territory south of the Columbia River (now Oregon). North of the river was contested between the US and Canada, and no such laws could be enforced. The first American settlers in what is now Washington State included the wealthy African American farmer George Washington Bush and his family. His son Owen Bush was a member of the first Washington State Legislature. It is no accident that Portland, not Seattle, is called "Honky Town."
  • Eric Fischer PRO 5y

    Replaced with new image that represents the shapes of census blocks accurately.
  • Kyle Alm 5y

    This is really interesting map, did you happen to run this on Tacoma? It's a lot more diverse than Seattle.
  • Eric Fischer PRO 5y

    I haven't done one of Tacoma, but it sounds like I should.
  • Eric Fischer PRO 4y

    Updated for Census 2010:
    Race and ethnicity 2010: Seattle by Eric Fischer
  • Van Bones 4y

    It's interesting that the areas with the highest concentration of black's also have the highest crime rates, go figure.
  • c webb 3y

    Michael Arnold: look at los angeles and its amount of green.
    on another note, the seattle map surprises me none. after living there for a while, I couldn't believe the lack of diversity compared to the strong point of view about it. a lovely place, but definitely in a bubble.
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