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Maps of the African American and White Populations in the Columbia, SC MSA

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute prepared maps for the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. to aid public policy makers in identifying black-white integrated neighborhoods. For a description of the methodology and definitions used, see Racial Integration in Urban America: A Block Level Analysis of African and White Housing Patterns available in HTML or PDF format. The study analyzed block level data, and cities are encouraged to map their integrated neighborhoods by blocks. For ease of display, the metro maps shown here use block groups to aid communities in assessing the location and relative size of their racial mixes. Four maps are provided for each metropolitan area. The flat map below shows the black-white racial composition of block groups in the Columbia metro area.


Flat map of block groups

Map 1. Racial Mix of Block Groups in the Columbia, SC MSA


In order to show the concentration of the population, density maps are provided for 3 categories: integrated block groups with at least 20 percent black population and at least 20 percent white population, block groups that are over 80 percent black, and block groups that are over 80 percent white. These maps show the concentration of population based on density per square mile. As a result, urban neighborhoods with highest concentrations of residents (in integrated, predominantly black, or predominantly white block groups) are tallest in the 3-D maps presented, while sparsely populated areas appear flat. Note Block groups are excluded where the institutionalized population makes up more than a third of the total population or where the block group population totals less than 50 people. Some metropolitan areas have residents living on black-white integrated blocks but have no block groups meeting the black-white integration criteria. Likewise, some metro areas, particularly those with large Latino and Asian populations, may show no blocks groups where the population is over 80 percent black or over 80 percent white.


Density map of black-white integrated block

groups

Map 2. Integrated Block Groups (at least 20% White & 20% Black) in
the Columbia, SC MSA


Density map of predominantly black block

groups

Map 3. Block Groups with More Than 80% Black Population in
the Columbia, SC MSA


Density map of predominantly white block

groups

Map 4. Block Groups with More Than 80% White Population in
the Columbia, SC MSA


Source: Employment and Training Institute, School of Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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