Race and ethnicity: Detroit

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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. julioburmyte 43 months ago | reply

    rickyrab79, thanks (not really) for bringing some simple-mindedness to the debate. You wrote, "... flyover states ..."

    Am I to understand, Ricky, that white flight took place only in "flyover country?" Is that what you mean to say?

    Ricky, I've lived in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Dallas. There's segregation everywhere; it's just a matter of small degrees of difference. Here's some reading for you:


  2. haniblecter 43 months ago | reply

    Cultural snobbery from the coasts? More reason to hope for 'the big one'.

  3. Omiso 43 months ago | reply

    Great job man! Congrats.

  4. marC212 43 months ago | reply

    I LIKE IT¡
    My name is Maria Castro, I am a architecture student in Spain.
    The University is doing a work about Lafayette Park, in Detroit
    somebody live here?
    if you live here, please
    SEN MAIL: marcastrocedeira@gmail.com

  5. marC212 43 months ago | reply

    this photo is fantastic

  6. Eric Fischer 42 months ago | reply

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

  7. Brierley... 42 months ago | reply

    Crazy. Just crazy.

  8. hikingaddress 42 months ago | reply

    I am shocked by the lack of diversity in downtown Detroit! Oh wait, is is called segregation when the area is predominantly black, "lack of diversity" when the area is predominantly white. I am shocked by the segregation!

  9. mímesis 39 months ago | reply

    I just came back from a 10 days research trip in Detroit and I'm really curious as how this map has updated. Have you tried the data of the census of 2010? I think it was released a few weeks ago.

  10. Eric Fischer 39 months ago | reply

    The census release from a few weeks ago was only at the state level -- the more detailed information should be out in the next month, from what I have heard.

  11. {Kate C.} 39 months ago | reply

    I can't wait to see the updated map. Eric, do you sell these? I'd love to have a big copy of this one.

  12. Eric Fischer 37 months ago | reply

    Updated for Census 2010:

  13. ktoth.ca [deleted] 36 months ago | reply

    this is really something to see in person. It really is as stark as the map looks.

  14. jaytheory 34 months ago | reply

    Arab Americans are White. So it is accurate

  15. Trife Life 33 months ago | reply

    Lesson: Move to Canada

  16. ktoth.ca [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

    inequality exists here, it's just not black and white.

  17. vvolkman 26 months ago | reply

    Having lived 3 city blocks from the Detroit pink/blue border the first 18 years of my life, there are no surprises for me.

  18. K8VF 25 months ago | reply

    Qu'ote- "If Blacks move across 8 Mile the whites will shoot through their windows while they are sleeping.'
    This is just an irresponsible remark and should be deleted.

    As a native Detroiter and resident until 1991, I had black neighbors in ST Clair Shores after that where there was no animosity at all.
    People will naturally desire to be among those who share their mores and traditions.

    if you move into a neighborhood and are vastly different, you may not like it there, or your neighbors may choose to leave.

    In MOST cases I have seen, folks mingle with no problems.

    In Detroit, the crony government is the major issue to many who have left.

  19. Remediatedteacher 24 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing map. If there was a Pulitzer for flickr contributions, I'd say you should be nominated. I teach in the Detroit area and will be using your map in class.

  20. dpowen.rm 23 months ago | reply

    See that one red dot in the middle of the blue area in Detroit? That's Eminem. Poor dude still thinks he's fly.

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