The New Littles: Explore The Data and Map

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UPDATE: Check out the New Little Map Below! We've taken our data set and mapped it.

Each Thursday in June, the Brian Lehrer Show and Andrew Beveridge of Social Explorer will discuss New York’s diverse communities - areas of ethnic concentration you may not know about or are changing quickly. Where's the new "Little Italy"? How many Chinatowns are there? "Little Lima," anyone? But, we need your help. Check out the interactive map and data set below to join in!

Below is the latest Census Tract Ancestry Data - you can go through it and add notes to our spreadsheet about the various communities we've identified.

What Am I Looking At?

  • Andrew and his team at Social Explorer have done a search of Census (actually, American Community Survey) data from 2000-2009 and found areas where there is a more than 20% concentration of a certain ancestral or ethnic group.
  • The data set is broken up by census tract, but we've provided basic information about the neighborhoods within that tract. If you want to look up a specific tract, there's a link in the spreadsheet.
  • Note that there are three sheets to the data set. The data is also grouped by census ancestry/ethnic category.

What Do I Do?

Basically, explore the data set and see what catches your eye! Then, edit the spreadsheet and add your thoughts. Any surprising communities? Do you live in this area? What can we learn?

  • In the column labeled Notes, Questions, Tips tell us what we should know. Who should we contact, what's the community like? Anything goes.
  • We’ve already highlighted a few tracts that caught our eye, but feel free to annotate any grouping.
  • Please don’t edit the data itself! Only work in the column labeled Notes, Questions, Tips

What's Going To Happen With The Information?

Once your stories come in, we'll follow up with conversations about specific neighborhoods. Plus, later in the month, we'll ask artists to help draw a new map of New York City featuring some of the newer or more obscure ethnic enclaves hiding in the data. Stay tuned! 


Any other observations or ideas? Post them in the comments section below.