Yesterday, this racial map of the San Francisco Bay Area by a fellow named Eric Fischer was making the rounds in lots of popular local blogs. Understandably so, as who doesn’t love cool geographic visualizations? The map is part of a fascinating series showing the extent to which different American cities are, or are not, racially integrated. Each dot in the maps represents 25 people and the data comes from the 2000 census. The dots are color-coded based on race: White is pink, Black is blue, Hispanic is orange, and Asian is green.
If you look at other maps in the series, you’ll notice that San Francisco is generally more integrated than a lot of other cities (just take a look at Detroit), and also that it has a larger Asian population.
Interestingly, and unsurprisingly (given the wide-array of awesome food selection), the Tenderloin appears to be one of the most diverse areas in San Francisco:
Oh and that empty white space just to the left of the Tenderloin, that’s Civic Center where, yes, no one really lives. Naturally this opens up the question as to whether this is really a neighborhood or just an area like Golden Gate Park and well, Union Square for that matter. Whatever the case, there’s not much of anyone there of any race, especially when compared to the grooving blending of all of us in the Tenderloin.