Visualizing race and ethnicity in Chicago

Race and ethnicity: Chicago

If you’ve checked your RSS reader at least once in the past 24 hours, at least one of Eric Fischer‘s city map mashups has probably crossed your screen. Fischer used 2000 Census data to map patterns of racial and ethnicity in 95 US cities. He was inspired by a very similar map created by Radical Cartography’s Bill Rankin, but if it seems like an older idea, it is — Jane Addams was doing the same kind of thing at Hull House in the late 1800s.

If you know the city, you can probably figure out the map on your own, but here’s Fischer’s legend, just in case: “Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.”

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