Race and ethnicity: Memphis

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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

gwitts, LeSaispas, pappyD, runtrap, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. LeSaispas 43 months ago | reply

    Hey--
    Having a hard time distinguishing Midtown to 240-east loop's location on the map--does Midtown start with the red blob in the center?

  2. gwitts 43 months ago | reply

    Looks like it. If you view Original Size www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/4982025418/sizes/o/in/set... you can clearly distinguish Overton Park

  3. bradchristian 43 months ago | reply

    Will be interesting to compare this to data from other censuses, especially from this year's. Hopefully it won't take ten more years for this to happen. Cheers and thanks for putting this together

  4. Eric Fischer 43 months ago | reply

    What I've heard is that the full 2010 tabulations will be available next June.

  5. Rita 1950 43 months ago | reply

    Fascinating that Mphs is always called a racist city but we're no more ethnically divided than any other city shown here.

  6. Shazzamm2009 43 months ago | reply

    And the government soultion is a one for one housing swap between white and black families?

    Problem is a white family who moves in a black neighborhood would get stabbed, rapped, robbed, shanked or shot. A black family that moves in a white neighborhood gets welcomed.

  7. theogeo 43 months ago | reply

    At the risk of feeding the troll ^^, I would just love to say that some day I look forward to moving into a neighborhood and being rapped at.

  8. jackiemgarrett 43 months ago | reply

    I wasn't shocked by the division at all. It was interesting that several people used hotels and businesses as addresses, maybe even the hospital in Desoto county. Just last week I discussed putting together an anti-travel photo essay that shows the real Memphis-blocks of deterioration, boarded up places, trash, and trashiness- in order to stimulate some reaction or action. Last week, I was driving up Watkins to avoid a wreck on 240N, it was depressing. I often travel US 61 from MS to Downtown. To my knowledge, there is only one grocery store, Walmart on 51 @ Holmes to service all those homes south and west of 55 to the MS stateline. Slick Willie aka the former mayor lives in that area but shops at the Shnuck's in Horn Lake, MS. Way to go Memphis politicians!! I apologize. I'll step off my soap box now. Thank you.

  9. eddiearnold14 43 months ago | reply

    Memphis,TN. is my home,I love memphis, but my brother,are killing one another, left and right. We need to take pride in Memphis, MLK spoke up for all oof use. Take pride in Memphis.

  10. Eric Fischer 42 months ago | reply

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

  11. Eric Fischer 37 months ago | reply

    Updated for Census 2010:

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