A cool way to look at the local populationDecember 15th, 2010 at 1:08 pm by Ted Nesi under General Talk
The New York Times’ all-star Web team has come up with another gem, this time an interactive tool that visualizes Census Bureau data on a map. You can zoom in by address, zip code, state, city – wherever you want, all over the country – and then choose the type of information you want to see: race and ethnicity; income; housing and families; or education.
As an example, here’s a screenshot I took of the NYT’s visualization for race and ethnicity in the Providence region. Each little dot represents 100 people. A green dot is for the white population; a blue dot is for black residents; yellow is for Hispanics, red for Asians and gray is for “other.”
The Census survey being used was taken between 2005 and 2009, and you can see the concentration of the local Hispanic community in South Providence and up in Central Falls:
Pretty neat. Check it out.
And thanks to the Nesi’s Notes reader who sent it along – it’s a big Internet out there, and I’m always looking for things like this to share.
Update: While we’re talking demographics, circle your calendars for next Tuesday, Dec. 21 – that’s the day when the Census Bureau will release the first trove of information from this year’s formal count, the one done every 10 years. (The information in the NYT’s map tool above comes from a sample survey that’s done more frequently, not the actual house-by-house count.) There will be charts!