Monday, May 16, 2016

Map shows population changes in Chicago since 2000, by racial category

I saw the Tweet below today, and encourage you to view the interactive map on the DNAInfo web site, to see how population has changed in Chicago over the past 30 years. 

If you compare areas of White population growth and decline in Chicago since 2000 with Black and Hispanic growth you'll see that in many cases White flight from neighborhoods with growing minority populations continues while gentrification of neighborhoods by upper income Whites is causing lower income people to move out. 

When I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 there were far more school-age youth living in the South part of Chicago.  This set of maps was created from a 1997 study of non-school youth serving programs in Chicago.  It shows the number of youth in each of six Chicago Public School Regions and plotted locations of existing non-school tutor/mentor programs.  

If you compare this map to the DNAInfo maps, you can see the change.  I've been trying to map data like this and share it with the public for 20 years, with the goal of mobilizing more people to support youth and families.  While I've  had inconsistent success in doing that, other factors, such as changing demographics and continued race and segregation issues, have also made it difficult to build strategies that reach youth where they live with a wide range of programs that help youth move through school and into jobs and careers.

Map info like this just has not been consistently available. And now that it's more available, there  still are too few people using the data to mobilize attention and resources to fill map areas with needed services.

That's just my conclusion from a quick look at the map. What does it tell you?

1 comment:

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

I just found a web site called CPS Apples to Apples, which is creating data maps showing what's happening in Chicago Public Schools. See the site at