A researcher at the University of Virginia has made a map representing every single person in America as a dot, color-coded along racial lines. The results are fascinating, as Slate‘s illuminating breakdown helps to show. We probably shouldn’t be surprised by the racial segregation of our cities and neighborhoods, but the stark color contrast on these maps shows all too plainly how well-defined those boundaries are. Take a minute and zoom into your own neighborhood.

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  1. Actually, I was more surprised at how empty the whole west half of the US is, and especially my home state (Idaho)… and the next thing that surprised me was how integrated my little home town is. The different colors are scattered pretty evenly throughout the little cluster of blue dots in the a sea of white…. :D

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