A Pretty Picture of America's Stark Segregation

In what may be the most informative piece of pointillist 'painting' ever made, a demographic researcher has created a zoomable racial map of America made up of 308,745,538 dots. The result is 'strangely beautiful'.
August 17, 2013, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Dustin Cable

"Demographic researcher Dustin Cable's Racial Dot Map is staggering both visually and statistically," writes Emily Badger. "From afar, the most racially diverse pockets of the United States appear like blended watercolors in shades of purple and teal. Zoom all the way in, though, and each dot represents a single person, all 308,745,538 of us."

"Cable, a researcher with the the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, has modeled the project on a previous MIT map plotting population density by individual dots," she explains. "Cable's version color-codes the results by race and ethnicity, producing an eerily beautiful picture of American segregation (and, less frequently, integration) that tricks the eye at different scales.

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Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in The Atlantic Cities
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