Key

blue: white | green: African-American/black | red: Asian | yellow: Hispanic | brown: other race/Native American/multi-racial

Albany, Schenectady, Troy

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Albany

cooper weldon uva dot map albany

Schenectady

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Troy

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Diversity

AOA created this map last year, also based on 2010 Census data, that assigned diversity scores to Capital Region census tracts. The deeper the shade of green, the more racially/ethnically diverse a neighborhood. The top 6 most-diverse tracts in the area were in Schenectady. (Scoring explained below.)

We scored Capital Region tracts using a formula that measures how evenly distributed the population of that tract is by reported race. So a tract in which the population is evenly distributed among every group would be scored "1." A tract in which there were only people of one group would be scored "0." (The formula is from this paper about measuring diversity within a Census tract -- it's a bit technical, but there if you'd like to read it.) Also: for the purposes of scoring tracts, we dropped the "Native Hawaiian-Pacific Islander" group -- only a tiny number of Capital Region tracts included someone from that group, and the percentages in those tracts were very small -- many just .1 percent (dropping the group made running the calculation easier).

Everyone on a map, dot by dot

cooper weldon uva dot map capital region

Albany, Schenectady, and Troy

Worth a look: This "dot map" of the United States -- it plots everyone in the country, color-coded by race and ethnicity, one dot per person, based on 2010 Census data. It was created by Dustin Cable, a researcher and statistician at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

From the explainer for the map:

This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual's race and ethnicity. The map is presented in both black and white and full color versions. In the color version, each dot is color-coded by race.

We pulled a few screen grabs from the Capital Region. They're after the jump, along with map we created last year that depicts local neighborhoods by a diversity score.

Maps are in large format above -- scroll all the way up.

All dot maps by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia / Dustin Cable

This is via Slate, which has a look at other cities around the country.

(Thanks, Bob)

Earlier on AOA: The ___est neighborhoods in the Capital Region

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