INFOGRAPHIC: A revealing, zoomable map of Toronto’s racial distribution

INFOGRAPHIC: A revealing, zoomable map of Toronto’s racial distribution

(Image: courtesy of Jeff Clark)
 

This summer, a dot map showing the race and location of every person living in the U.S. sparked plenty of chatter about enduring racial segregation in American. Now, Toronto has its own version of the infographic du jour. Developer Jeff Clark used the 2011 National Household Survey to create this map, which contains a single point for each of Toronto’s 5,700,628 inhabitants, each positioned at their place of residence and coloured according to ethnicity. From afar, Toronto appears more segregated than expected for a city that gets so much praise for its diversity: Brampton looks largely brown (South Asian), Markham looks red (Asian) and Etobicoke looks nearly entirely blue (white). Thankfully, the first impression is a pointillist illusion: zooming in a few notches reveals that even the densest pockets of colour contain, at the neighbourhood level, a rainbow-hued medley of points. [Neoformix.com]