San Francisco Geo-ethnicities
I had been wanting to better understand the geographical characteristics of race and ethnicity in the San Francisco – Bay Area region where I reside.
The US Census has plenty of updated information on this topic, and Uber recently released Kepler.gl, an in-browser application to visualize maps. With both of these, it became easy to build this interactive map.
By default, you are seeing the majoritarian race that populates each US census block (geographical areas containing anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 people). I grabbed the data from the American Community Survey in it’s most recent 2017 version. Note that the US Census recognizes 5 different races: White, Asian, African, Pacific Islander and Native American, and two ethnicities: hispanic or non-hispanic.
In my opinion, this classification is up for a review. For my visualization, I combined all self reported hispanics regardless of their reported race and made up a new race “hispanic” with these individuals. For consistency, results for other races only acccount for individuals that also self-reported their ethnicity as non-hispanic.
A few highlights of the visualization:
1.- Ethnicities congregate along clusters. In other words, whatever your race/ethnicity is, likely it’s the same as your neighbors.
2.- The presence of Hispanics is only majoritary in the Mision and a block in the Tenderloin, which for those not in the Bay Area is a notorious neighborhood.
4.- Most places are dominated by white people, specially outside of urban areas.
5.- Berkely is mostly white, but the blocks surrounding UCB are Asian. Stanford, on the other hand, it’s more white.
6.- West San Jose is white, while East San Jose is Hispanic. North and south are Asian.
The map also contains not only majority races but also totals, densities (people per square meter) and percentages. I’ve also included income data. I encourage you to use the drop menu to play with the data.
Comment and share if you liked this. For a full-screen view, go to: https://fsanmartin-co-geo-ethniticies-public.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html