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Just how diverse is Western Pa.?

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The Racial Dot Map uses 2010 Census information to plot 308,745,538 dots, one for each person color-coded by race, for the whole country. So cool!

Whites are coded as blue; blacks, green; Asians, red; Hispanics, orange; and other categories as brown. Shades of purple, teal, and other mixed colors show patterns of racial integration.

On the interactive map, you can zoom in or out on any area. And you can toggle between a color map and a black and white version, which makes it easier to see smaller towns and lower density areas.

The locations of the dots do not represent actual addresses, but census blocks. That’s why it may look like some dots are in parks, cemeteries or  bodies of water.

Brandon Martin-Anderson from the MIT Media Lab is credited with the original inspiration for the project. The map was devised by Dustin Cable, a demographic researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

The map is not only lots of fun, it offers a fascinating snapshot of the diversity of our area and the nation.

You can play with the map here.

h/t Slate

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