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Graphically charting racial diversity across American cities

As the art of infographics is rapidly improving, many are turning to more detailed information to visually graph as computer programs become more equipped to create beautiful, artistic, easy to understand visuals.

We’ve brought you a variety of infographics over the years and I ran across a set today that really caught my eye. This infographic set highlights race and ethnicity based on census data and it is amazingly well done.

According to the Eric Fisher, creator of the image maps, “Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, and Orange is Hispanic, and each dot is 25 people.” I very much enjoy seeing the diversity of these cities and how the rainbow blends and hope that with the completion of the next census, these reds, blues, greens and oranges are even more blended!

These are the 40 cities highlighted in the infographic set:

  1. Albuquerque
  2. Atlanta
  3. Austin
  4. Baltimore
  5. Boston
  6. Charlotte
  7. Chicago
  8. Cleveland
  9. Columbus
  10. Dallas
  11. Denver
  12. Detroit
  13. El Paso
  14. Fort Worth
  15. Fresno
  16. Houston
  17. Indianapolis
  18. Jacksonville
  19. Kansas City
  20. Las Vegas
  21. Long Beach
  22. Los Angeles
  23. Memphis
  24. Milwaukee
  25. Nashville
  26. New Orleans
  27. New York
  28. Oklahoma City
  29. Philadelphia
  30. Phoenix
  31. Portland
  32. San Antonio
  33. San Diego
  34. San Francisco
  35. San Jose
  36. Seattle
  37. St. Louis
  38. Tucson
  39. Virginia Beach
  40. Washington, DC

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Terence Richardson

    September 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Very interesting data set. I live and run my real estate business in Atlanta Georgia and at first glance, the Atlanta data set looks spot on.

  2. Donna Patton

    September 22, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Very interesting, I wonder how HUD and Fair Housing would look at this if REALTORS use it on their sites or as marketing materials?

  3. Paula Henry

    September 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Very cool data and I love infographics. It appears the Indianapolis one is dated, since we have a rather large Hispanic population not included.

    I don’t think I would use it for marketing on my site, though! Be the source of the source, but not the source itself.

  4. Dave Lewand

    September 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    A map makes for a wonderful canvas, Lani! As we will see more and more from Google Me, it’s all about layers! As far as artists, I recommend stuff from Benjamin Wiederkehr (@datavis | and Nathan Yau (@flowingdata | Thanks!

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