A new map of the Houston area’s racial and ethic distribution shows distinct patterns of seemingly homogeneous areas as well as vast mixed neighborhoods in the Houston region. Eric Fischer explains his project to create these maps for the most populous metropolitan areas:
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. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA
A cursory comparison of the Houston region to other major metropolitan areas indicates some patterns of segregation like in most cities, but to a lesser degree than some, like Chicago or Detroit. Strikingly, the map of Houston seems to reveal large areas of diversity in the Houston region and various racial and ethnic groups represented all around the region.
(Image source: Eric Fischer Large scale map available there.)