Map of the US Melting Pot

In: Culture Interactive Maps

14 Mar 2012

Bloomberg created this interactive map of heritages according to the 2010 census. You can select any two and see how they compare across the country. It struck me a bit odd that neither “native american” nor “african american” is included – it’s probably some strange dataset problem.

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4 Responses to Map of the US Melting Pot

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mima

March 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

for sure a dateset problem!

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mima

March 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

for sure a dataset problem!

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naxattack

March 14th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

African-American is a race category in the ACS. The Bloomberg map uses data from the ancestry/heritage question, which is mostly by country (e.g. Irish, German). It does include Native American as well as Native American categories for Native Americans via South and Central America. “Cajun” and “Appalachian” are also choices as is “American.” I think I read somewhere that “American” is disproportionately chosen in the South (fun fact though unsubstantiated for the moment).

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David Yanofsky

March 14th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

This map only looks at the 20 most populous heritages. “African” and specific American Indian tribes are options on the survey(you can see that some are the most populous in certain counties in Alaska, Utah, New Mexico, etc. by mousing over them in the initial view: they’re the gray ones) but they are not in top 20 heritages of the nation.

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