Photographer Eric Fischer's color-coded maps of racial segregation are captivating, particularly once you find your own neighborhood. A look at his work follows after the jump, courtesy of Fast Company's Cliff Kuang.
Eric Fischer saw those maps, and took it upon himself to create similar ones for the top 40 cities in the United States. Fisher used a straight forward method borrowed from Rankin: Using U.S. Census data from 2000, he created a map where one dot equals 25 people. The dots are then color-coded based on race: White is pink; Black is blue; Hispanic is orange, and Asian is green. [New York is pictured above.]
The results for various cities are fascinating: Just like every city is different, every city is integrated (or segregated) in different ways.
However, other cities present better pictures of racial integration. The San Francisco Bay, for example. While San Francisco proper is very, very white, the outlying bay communities such as Oakland are quite integrated — perhaps partly because no one minority totally dominates a single area:
That's not the case with New York, however: There are vast areas of extreme racial concentration. But the sheer size of those areas means that the boundary areas because intensely rich areas of cross-cultural ferment:
Meanwhile, here's what San Antonio looks like — a city which demographics often point to as the future of the post-race Southwest, where whites and Hispanics live together without boundaries. While you can see there's a predominance of Hispanics near the city center, you can also see that Hispanics are completely evenly integrated throughout the rest of the city — there's really no such thing as a rich, whites-only enclave (the large version in particular bears this out):