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UC Professor Maps U.S. Racial Makeup

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A University of Cincinnati astrophysicist has created maps showing the racial makeup of the United States. The maps use U.S. Census Bureau data going back to 1990 – and NASA maps from space.  Professor Tomasz Stepinski says the maps show white neighborhoods are becoming more diverse, while new neighborhoods of predominantly Hispanic- and Asian-Americans pop up. African-American neighborhoods remain relatively unchanged. Overall, he says, it's clear segregation still exists.

The maps are meant to be a sociological tool. Stepinski's largely computational data make him stand out among sociologists, who aren't necessarily trained to think in mathematical terms. But Stepinski says academic disciplines can benefit from a pair of fresh eyes.

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Stepinski hopes the maps will help improve the 2020 U.S. Census. The maps are available on the University of Cincinnati's website.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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