Mapping America


Part I: To fill out the chart on the first page of the handout (regarding various community facts) follow these

1. Go to
In the Enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code bar, type the designated location based on the
criteria listed on the first page (e.g. An urban location being 80% white). Hint: Some cities/towns may be
referenced with “city” at the end (e.g. Clayton City, Missouri rather than merely ‘Clayton’).

Once the designation has been entered and the page loaded, the total population is listed. This is to be
written down in the chart in its designated spot.

Below the town’s population are links for the other various community facts. Click on the Population,
Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing… link.

A page will load consisting of the population of those Under 5 years, those 25 and older, the
community’s Median age, those 65 and over, Average family size of this location, and Owner-occupied
housing units. Each of these is a category on the chart to be filled out. Make note of the percentages of various
races on this page also. While the chart does not ask for this information specifically, the guidelines on A, B, C,
etc, do (i.e. An urban location being 80% white). This information can be found here.

Go back to the previous page.

Click on the link entitled Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents… Once
the page has loaded, look here for information such as High school graduate or higher, Bachelor’s degree or
higher, Foreign born, and Ancestry. All of these facts can be noted in the chart for each location.

Go back to the previous page.

Click on the link entitled Income, Employment, Occupation, Commuting to Work…

This page includes information such as Mean travel time to work, Per Capita Income, and Percentage of
Families and People Whose Income in the Last 12 Months is Below the Poverty Levei. Put this information
in the chart accordingly, and according to the particular locations as noted in A, B, C, etc.

Go back to the previous page.

Click on the link entitled Occupancy and Structure, Housing Value and Costs, Utilities…

Once the page is loaded, look at information files such as Lacking Complete Plumbing Facilities, Vacant
Housing Units, etc, as asked for on the chart. Enter the chosen information accordingly and based on each
individual location

Part II:

These instructions are for the questions listed on pages 2 and 3 of the assignment:

1. Go to http2//projects.nflimes.corn/census/2010/explorer?hp

Type in the location asked about in questions 1-10 on pages 2 and 3 of the assignment in the Address,
ZIP Code, or City bar in the top right corner of the webpage (e. g. San Francisco).

Hover over the various census tracts of this location (it will read Census Tract 209, for example, as well
as the demographics). Use the demographics information to answer the questions (e.g. The ethnic minority for
San Francisco is [enter ethnic minority]. This is on account of [enter reason here]).
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block Activity Name:
6. Looking for Similarities: What do the majority of cities have in common with regards to their ethnic diversity?
Explain why each of these similarities exists.

a. Southern Cities- Memphis, Nashvilie, Birmingham, Jackson, Atlanta

b. Southwestern Cities- San Antonio, El Paso, Phoenix, Tucson

c. West Coast Cities- Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles

d. Our Three Largest Cities- New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago

e. Northern Cities- Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis

f. Ftorida’s Cities
7. Boundaries: Describe THREE types of barriers or boundaries between ethnic groups that can be observed
from the map.
After completing the table on specific census tracts, answer the following:
8. What are the impacts ethnicity has on the statistics found on the table’?
9. Discuss TWO consequences for the impacts of ethnic segregation.
10. Explain how geographic location has an impact for the census tracts that are 80% or greater white in the
urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Source: http:Hlibrary.csun.edulGovernmentPublicationsiCensus90
Response Question for Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

1. Define ethnic segregation and give a specific exampie from the map. Using examples from the map,
describe TWO ways ethnicities are clustered in the United States.
2. Discuss TWO consequences for the ethnic segregation that is found on the map.
3. Describe TWO benefits for the ethnic diversity of the cities found on the map.
4. Describe the ethnic diversity found in Los Angeles. Discuss TWO reasons why such diversity exists.
5. List the main ethnic minorities found in the following cities and give ONE reason (for each a-e) why ti
has these particular ethnic minorities:

a. Miami, Florida

b. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

0. Des Moines, Iowa

d. San Francisco, California

a. Cleveland, Ohio

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block Activity Name:
Go to the website below. Enter St. Louis for the city you want. Students must find St. Louis census
tracts that meet each of the following criteria. All census tracts used must:

a. have at least 1,000 residents (attempt to have all tracts used have similar populations-if possible).

b. be within 50 miles of the city’s center.

c. be in the same state.
Find a census tract with each of the following characteristics and write next to the letter on table:

a. 80% or more White in an Urban area.

b. 80% or more White in a Suburban area.

c. 80% or more White in a Rural area outside the metropolitan area.

d. 80% or more Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Other.

e. 30% or more Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Other (use a different race than the one used for d).

f. double digit percentages for three of the following: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Other

g.‘loo°/o of one of the five categories. (if you cannot find one then use one with the closest to 100%)

h. double digit percentages for all four of the main categories: White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian.

(if you cannot find one then use one with the closest percentages)

Qomplete the table comparing and contrasting each of the census tracts above: (instructions: Page 4)


Mapping America