Visualizing the Racial Divide in American Cities


Photographer Eric Fischer, whose series The Geotaggers’ World Atlas we previously covered, is back with a new data visualization that’s blowing our minds. Drawing his numbers from the 2000 Census, Fischer uses dot mapping to show both where and how clearly changes take place in race/ethnicity throughout 95 different US cities. (Spoiler alert: For the most part things look pretty segregated.) As he explains it: “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 Rankin’s version, Fischer uses red for Caucasians, blue for African Americans, green for Asians, orange for Hispanics, and gray to represent other. Each dot equals 25 people.

Click the images for more detail. Don’t see your city? View the full series here.

New York City

Los Angeles

San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley



Tell us in the comments: Do you think things are really as segregated as they seem?