Data Source

This exercise uses Census data from the 2012 American Communities Survey made available through the Diversity and Disparities Project.


tractid GEOID
pnhwht12 Percent white, non-Hispanic
pnhblk12 Percent black, non-Hispanic
phisp12 Percent Hispanic
pntv12 Percent Native American race
pfb12 Percent foreign born
polang12 Percent speaking other language at home, age 5 plus
phs12 Percent with high school degree or less
pcol12 Percent with 4-year college degree or more
punemp12 Percent unemployed
pflabf12 Percent female labor force participation
pprof12 Percent professional employees
pmanuf12 Percent manufacturing employees
pvet12 Percent veteran
psemp12 Percent self-employed
hinc12 Median HH income, total
incpc12 Per capita income
ppov12 Percent in poverty, total
pown12 Percent owner-occupied units
pvac12 Percent vacant units
pmulti12 Percent multi-family units
mrent12 Median rent
mhmval12 Median home value
p30old12 Percent structures more than 30 years old
p10yrs12 Percent HH in neighborhood 10 years or less
p18und12 Percent 17 and under, total
p60up12 Percent 60 and older, total
p75up12 Percent 75 and older, total
pmar12 Percent currently married, not separated
pwds12 Percent widowed, divorced and separated
pfhh12 Percent female-headed families with children

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We are using a Dorling Cartogram representation of Census tracts to remove bias.

The steps to create the cartogram are described HERE.

We can do better than that. Let’s take a look at the tmap package in R.