Mapping the Evolution of Racially Mixed and Segregated Neighborhoods in Chicago

Journal of MapsJournal of Maps, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2012

Jonathan Chipman, Richard Wright, Mark Ellis & Steven R. Holloway

“The Chicago metropolitan region consists of a spatially complex mosaic of neighborhoods, in which measures of racial and ethnic composition vary dramatically. Understanding these patterns and their evolution has been hindered by ambiguities in the use of terms like ‘diverse’ or ‘segregated’, which are often posited as opposite ends of a one-dimensional scale. Using a new taxonomy of neighborhood composition, we have mapped the evolving patterns of Chicago’s neighborhoods in 1990, 2000, and 2010, and tabulated census tracts that have undergone transitions or remained stable. Looking beyond the Chicago metropolitan area, we have developed an interactive atlas of similar maps for states and metropolitan areas across the United States.”