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New Map Shows Diversity And Segregation Patterns In Eugene And U.S.

University of Cincinatti.

An astrophysicist has used census data to create a map showing racial diversity in the U.S.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on how Eugene fares.

Tomasz Stepinski combined satellite maps with census figures from 1990, 2000, and 2010. 

The University of Cincinnati researcher says the computational data is meant as a sociological tool, and invites users to see trends of racial integration or segregation in their communities.

Credit University of Cincinatti.
University of Cincinatti.
This map shows Eugene-Springfield's racial diversity in 2010. There are less solidly orange areas, indicating that while mostly white still, the area has become more diverse. Purple pockets of Hispanic/Latino residents are more apparent, as are African-American (green), Native American (blue), and Asian (maroon).

“Eugene is sorta boring, yes?" Stepinski tells KLCC.

"Because there is not dramatic change.  And it is pretty uniform.” 

Yet the map intrigues Eric Richardson, President of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP.  He says it’s apparent that while the area remains predominantly white…

“…the majority of this map shows an increase in the Latino community," says Richardson. He compares the 1990 and 2010 maps in the KLCC studios.   

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
Eric Richardson, President of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP, in KLCC studios.

"Right here at the top…a full-on Latino piece that was not there in 1990. So we have a truly dynamic demographic change occurring. And it does have to do with our Latino brothers and sisters.” 

Eugene’s Latino population is roughly 8 percent, compared to nearly 3 percent in 1990.

The map can be accessed from the University of Cincinnati's Space Infomatics Lab Website.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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