Explore Your City's Immigrant Enclaves With This Cool Interactive Map

Such lovely colors.

As your first grade teacher taught you, the United States is an incredible salad or stir-fry or trail mix baggie or whatever multi-ingredient food metaphor they use these days. Texas Christian University Geography professor Kyle Walker designed an amazing map that records where you can explore where the majority of the immigrants who compose this country's beautiful ethnic fruit salad come from.


San Francisco personal.tcu.edu

Using colored dots to represent immigrants from different regions of the world —plus Canada and Mexico because neighbors deserve special treatment — Walker creates a stunning impressionist painting of the country's major cities. The areas around San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York are among the most thoroughly colored in, but nearly every city has some colorful dusting.

Alaska and Hawaii are somewhere on the map, but they're a little hard to find since you can't zoom out far enough to easily drag the map to them.

Los Angeles personal.tcu.edu

But the longer you stare at the map, the more fascinating it gets.

As you zoom in on urban areas, it quickly becomes clear how segregated most American cities are. While a map that shows only immigrants inherently presents a partial view of the ethnic make-up of cities, it's clear that even among newcomers, old racial boundaries remain. Segregation is especially amplified in cities with particularly high foreign-born proportions like New York.

Check out New York and more cities below.

New York City personal.tcu.edu


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