Race and ethnicity: Phoenix

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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

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  1. tiger71089 55 months ago | reply

    I'm sorry but the Phoenix map seems way way off what year of census did you use to plot the races for this one because i live in phoenix and i know that probably for every 5 white people there are probably 3 black people and 8 hispanics

  2. Eric Fischer 55 months ago | reply

    This is from the 2000 Census. The 2010 data I think is supposed to be available in June.

  3. tiger71089 55 months ago | reply

    okay that makes a lil more sense because i know now it would be way different thank you for your fast response

  4. kitkat_50311 55 months ago | reply

    tiger71089 -- keep in mind too that some groups are underrepresented in the US census. For instance, people in Hispanic communities can sometimes be wary of filling out forms for the census even though it is not connected with US immigration, so those numbers are probably much higher.

  5. charker 55 months ago | reply

    these are great maps. they could be used for tourism and real estate development. its also surprising how certain streets become so important as demarcations seen in this way. in this case Grand Avenue, the diagonal street going nw from downtown. for phoenix the colors orange and red perhaps arent ideal. more color contrast would be more revealing eg, red for white and green for hispanic. personally, "rainbow" cities are the most fun to live in. although phoenix doesnt really qualify, i would guess its much more biracial than average (white and hispanic). not sure why arizona lags in percentage of asian population relative to its neighbor California and even now, Las Vegas, which is 5% asian.

  6. 89AKurt 55 months ago | reply

    Just saw the Mail Online: Revealed: The maps that show the racial breakdown of America’s biggest cities article.
    ...[digital cartographer Eric Fischer] told the Washington Post:' I always knew that cities had these racial divisions, but seeing them set out so graphically, that was the striking thing about them.'
    Fascinating work, thanks for doing it. I think it shows human nature in regards to culture. I know that southern Phoenix and Tucson are predominately Mexican, don't know why other than being closer to Mexico.

  7. rcsun36 55 months ago | reply

    As of 5 years ago, 38% of Phoenicians were Hispanic and 4% Black. That probably went up, but has dropped recently.

  8. dchatton 55 months ago | reply

    tiger, I am guessing you live in South Phoenix. What you describe is what I experienced when I lived in South Phoenix - the most ethnically diverse area of the city. I regret having to move from there after a divorce.

    While the city has become more diverse, the black population has not increased as much as you seem to be suggesting. I believe for the next map (and it will be interesting to see the comparison), will show a lot more orange in west and north Phoenix. In some ways, I understand the divisions by ethnicity. I teach in West Phoenix, and the fact is that my students and their parents like to eat Mexican fare. They are more likely to move to an area that provides them with a connection to their roots. This is why you find stores like Fry's Mercado in heavily Hispanic areas.

    However, groups split on economic divides even more than racial divides, I believe. I live in the middle class neighborhood of Sunnyslope which has a decent racial mix. However, the lower class part of Sunnyslope is decidedly more Hispanic. But that doesn't mean only Hispanics live there, it just means that people who fall in that economic group live there.

    I am not going to deny that racism is still a problem. It is. And while we seem to have taken a step back in recent years, overall, the racial divide is slowly being eliminated. Our youngsters are growing up more tolerant of race and gender issues, I believe. At least that is what I am experiencing with my students.

    Thanks for this, Eric Fischer. Absolutely fascinating work. I can't wait to see the ones for the 2010 census! I actually would love to see it for earlier census (I checked, that is still the plural!). I think you have a fascinating book in the making here! It would be amazing to see how cities like Detroit and New York (and Phoenix, of course) have changed over time.

  9. Eric Fischer 54 months ago | reply

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

  10. Eric Fischer 49 months ago | reply

    Updated for Census 2010:

  11. an0nim01 46 months ago | reply

    Yeah right, Tiger. I think you mean there are 3 black people in all of Maricopa County.

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