Raleigh: Mapped by Race by Eric Fischer

September, 24, 2010, by David

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Above: Greater Raleigh and Downtown Raleigh plotted Racially.  “Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people”

Eric Fischer is an information designer with a penchant for mapping urban phenomena.  His latest series is about urban segregation.  It prominently features Raleigh, and even though the data is from the 2000 census, it is revealing and still relevant.

Fischer describes the collection, which can be seen here:

“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.”



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  • abbyladybug
    09/24 12:58 PM

    This stuff is so fascinating. I wish the roads were a little darker. My eyes are getting tired. I’d love to see the change from the last census to this one. I moved to Raleigh in late 2006, and the landscape of the city has changed in many ways. Not sure it would have affected the racial makeup, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Carver
    09/24 01:00 PM

    My vision is truly :-D now blurred after looking at this for a few minutes.

  • no
    09/24 01:04 PM

    if this were overlaid on a google map that would be great

  • David
    09/24 01:20 PM

    @abbyladybug: I hear you- the full size one is the one that focuses on downtown at that zoom I think the grey is just right.  When zoomed out is when it breaks down.  But the roads aren’t the focus, it’s all about the patterns of where the people live.

  • kg
    09/24 01:59 PM

    i c me.

  • CX
    09/24 02:45 PM

    I agree, very fascinating. Any take notice of the more diverse neighborhoods. Brentwood stands out as one. The maps also show an interesting display of sprawl and spread of the population.

  • JK
    09/24 02:45 PM

    Just the mix I thought I’d see in my neighbourhood. If I stare at it long enough, I wonder if I’ll see the words ‘Not Cary’ floating above my street?

  • JT
    09/24 04:13 PM

    I’ll be interested to see what it looks like now that Mordacai and inside the beltline areas have been gentrified.

  • Bill M
    09/24 04:33 PM

    What is that explosion of white people in West Raleigh?  It looks like a big red flower.  Is that NC State?

  • RaleighRob
    09/24 04:33 PM

    It’s kinda funny how using census data gives you that perfect circle shape at NCSU!  I’m guessing tons of students on-campus just put the college down as their address, regardless of where on campus they were, and it created a dense circle over the center of the university.

    I agree with CX that Brentwood looks to be one of the more diverse areas (at least in 2000).  Carolina Pines does, too, as does the area around Northgate Mall.

  • JT#2
    09/24 07:44 PM

    Let’s all move to Cary…yippee!

  • UnderRepped
    09/24 10:43 PM

    I’d imagine there’s quite a few more green dots to come in 2010.

  • Knae
    09/25 12:34 AM

    @The Catalyst: B/c equivalent data from 2010 census hasn’t been released yet. There’s usually a significant lag.

  • mgd
    09/29 09:57 PM

    This would be cool on a black or dark grey background with white streets.  This way there would be better contrast for the grey and orange populations

  • John
    09/30 10:37 AM

    While this is interesting, it’s not accurate.  If I look specifically where I lived in 2000, there isn’t any dots there at all.  It’s easy to find the exact location becaue it’s a place on on the Raleigh map wihtout dots and I can clearly see the roads. Since it is a condominium building with 50 units, there should have been at least 2, if not 3, dots in its general location. 
    It makes me wonder how many other mistakes are in it?  That all said, I am not disputing the general idea or findings of the map.

  • JZ
    10/25 10:08 PM

    I saddened that the density doesn’t appear to be any greater downtown than in Cary…...our land-use practices suck major donkey…..

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