Mapping race in Louisville

Using data from the census, someone made a map of Louisville and southern Indiana broken down by race and ethnicity. It pretty much shows what we already know about our hyper-segregated housing patterns and racial divide in the city, but the visual provides a better understanding.

Each dot represents 25 people and the colors represent different races and ethnicities. Red is white, blue is black, orange is Hispanic and green is Asian.


  1. Bristol
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    As a geography major at the University of Louisville, I work with maps on a regular basis. I have also worked with US Census data and I am very familiar with the demographic statistics of Jefferson County. While I think this map does make a valid point about segregated housing, I do not think the map is made well. Maps are very useful tools and can show the public a lot about their city, especially when mapping inequalities. This map is lacking a lot of information that would complete the story. Also, very basic questions remain…
    Who made the map?
    What year was the data taken from the Census?
    When was the map made?
    Why is there no map key?

  2. Matt Dobson
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Bristol- I have seen a lot of very interesting maps that highlight areas of the city by education level, income, race, age, etc.
    Can you point us to some of these maps online that may be better made maps?


  3. ashley
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Who made this map? Can we get a link back to his/her site?

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    Posted January 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

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