A new map is making rounds on the Internet this week—offering a detailed, zoomable and color-coded breakdown of the distribution of races and ethnicities of more than 300 million American residents.
The map, created by a demographic researcher at the University of Virginia, covers every city—and neighborhood—in the country. By harnessing data available through the 2010 census, the map boasts "one dot per person in the entire United States," with most dots being actually smaller than the pixels on the average computer screen.
A glance at Tennessee shows the state as mostly colorless—which represents lower-populated, rural areas.
But more populated areas in the state are seen as predominately blue (white), which is visually in line with the 79 percent figure for white residents in Tennessee counted by the U.S. Census Bureau three years ago. Green, the color representing black residents, is visible in the state's four main cities: Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
A closer zoom on Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the surrounding area highlights places where black people tend to live, in the eastern areas of Chattanooga. Slight representations of other races and ethnicities are also visible.
Finally, a detailed zoom on the city shows Chattanooga's racial and ethnic breakdown by neighborhood.
Whites are shown living in most areas north of the Tennessee River, with the mix of whites and blacks blending more in urban areas, as well as neighborhoods stretching toward Enterprise South.
Small pockets where the city's Asian (red) and Hispanic (orange) residents live are also visible.
According to the most recent census, Chattanooga is 58 percent white, 34 percent black, 2 percent Asian and 5.5 percent Hispanic.
To read a detailed summary explaining the map, click here.
To view other cities in the map's zoomable version, click here.
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