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Ten years later, is Manhattan still really white?

by Nigel Chiwaya on April 10, 2012

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Now that the Census Bureau  has rejected New York City’s appeal, we can now look at the census figures, flawed as they are, as official. That means we can use them to answer a burning question: is Manhattan still really, really white?

Long-time TFA readers might recall a map made in 2010 by artist Eric Fisher that not only showed how segregated New York City is, but how white the island of Manhattan is. But of course, that map was based on data from the 2000 census. Things have changed in the past ten years and heck, lots of white people are moving to Brooklyn. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the census demographic map of Manhattan.

Okay, so there are lots and lots of white people. That’s to be expected. But let’s see how Manhattan has changed since 2000.

Not surprisingly we’re seeing big gains along the Hudson River, in Harlem and upper Manhattan. Surprisingly we’re also seeing fewer white people on the Upper East and Upper West sides.

Now, for the big question: how many other races live in Manhattan? Here are the maps for, in order, hispanics, blacks and asians:

So what’s our conclusion? Well, it’s not all that surprising; while Asians and hispanics are making inroads in Manhattan, the island is still really white, and it’s getting whiter.

All maps via NYC Dept of City Planning, photo via Thomas Hawk


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