Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the map shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.wired.com
If you follow the link at the bottom of the linked story, you can try the actual app and it’s really interesting looking at places you know.
What’s is most interesting is it really doesn’t matter which town or city you go to, whether it’s a road, a railway track or an industrial area, there seems to be pretty much a racial divide to most cities. There are some areas where there is a patchwork of color, pardon the pun, but they are certainly not the norm.
As I discussed in my eBook http://amzn.to/1jbAJB7 Buying a House Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services, people like to live in areas where people live that are ‘like them’. That may relate to race, income, religious beliefs, type of work they do, it is all relevant, but going by this excellent app, race seems to be the number one card.
When you try the app, note you can turn on map labels and when you zoom in, it will take you right to street level. If you are looking at moving city or state, this might be one of many tools that might help you if you need to find accommodation in a hurry. Hopefully race itself won’t be a significant factor in your decision, but this certainly demonstrates the value and power of maps.
I drove around Birmingham because it has one of the worst records for road accident injuries and fatalities, but it would have been really interesting to drive on some of these roads based on the information on this app, just out of curiosity.
The USA isn’t unique of course, most countries have similar divides, where I live in Auckland is not that different, although we don’t talk about it. In fact I didn’t look at demographics until after I bought my current house, but they certainly make for very interesting reading. It is predominantly white, with a large percentage of South African ex-pats. But with over 2,500 new homes averaging well over $1 million in cost, it is likely to become even more racially anemic.