August 16th, 2013 | Andrea Damewood News | Posted In: PDX News

Portland's Racial Divide, Now in Pixel Form

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You're going to want to see this: A new map shows where every person in the United States lives and what their race is.

The results are amazing to scan. Most cities, from a distance, look like a lovely blended blur, with different races looking like they live together. 

But zoom in, and almost every city shows a clear division of neighborhoods by racial lines. (Blue is white, green is black, red is Asian, orange is Hispanic). Portland isn't much of an exception. North Portland still has a strong black population, 82nd Avenue is almost all Asian and the West Hills are snow white.

 The map, put together by the the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity.

But Portland isn't as segregated as some cities. Here's Washington, D.C., for example:

Just in case you needed something to kill some of your productivity this Friday.

 
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