Mapping the Communities in which We Live.

Scholars of cartography have in recent decades explored the political and ideological role that maps and the action of mapping have played in defining the spaces in which we live.

This morning, The New York Times published a stunning map project created by Matthew Bloch, Shan Carter, and Alan McLean. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2009 American Community Survey this project offers us 21 different maps of every U.S. Census tract in the country, giving us extraordinary access to information about the groups who make up our cities, counties, states, and regions.

These maps overlay diverse racial, ethnic, income, housing, and educational data for each tract in the country, and we hope it offers you a better understanding of the rich diversity of your home, a glimpse of the challenges families in your community may face in ensuring bright and healthy futures, and a platform for honest discussions about effective social justice policies.

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