The U.S. Census data released earlier this year included detailed information about the racial composition of neighborhoods. Remapping Debate has put together an interactive map that allows people to see how diverse (or not) particular neighborhoods are. From their site:
In the wake of Census 2010, media attention has focused on the slow trend towards less segregation for African-Americans that has continued in the last 10 years. But demographic experts agree that segregation in the United States is still alive and well. And Remapping Debate’s new maps provide vivid proof that a substantial increase in diversity in the nation overall is not mirrored by the demographics of the segregated neighborhoods in which most Americans live.
Here is the map for Roanoke. As anyone who lives around here probably suspected, there blacks make up more than half of the population in northwest and are less represented in the remainder of the city.
Note, the color scheme on the map is a little strange. Click on it for a sharper image and a key, but basically, black areas are more than 50 percent black. White areas are mixed (3-49 percent black). Then the darker the pink-red areas, the fewer black residents.
Visit their interactive map to explore other communities and to look at the distribution of Hispanic neighborhoods as well.
Update (4.23 – 9:00) — The original post misidentified northwest Roanoke.