by NICOLE ZANDER
A new interactive U.S. map that provides a snapshot of how well the American melting pot has been stirred has been getting a lot of buzz on social media nationwide.
The “Racial Dot Map” was developed by Dustin Cable, a demographic researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, with help from Brandon Martin-Anderson from the MIT Media Lab. All of the map’s data comes directly from the 2010 U.S. Census and represents everyone across the nation with a color-coded dot for their race.
This dot-by-dot map makes it easy to see exactly which neighborhoods are predominantly white, Hispanic, black, or Asian. Users can zoom in to their own streets to see their neighborhood’s diversity — or lack thereof, in some cases. When you drill down on it to look at the Reno-Sparks area, the dividing line between the two main populations — white and Latino — is remarkably clear.
To begin exploring your own neighborhood, click on the image above.