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Areli Galvez__
Mapping America Activity

This activity will provide you detailed information about your neighborhood and larger
area of Southern California. In addition, it will introduce you to a valuable resource you
may be able to use in your teaching. You will be using the New York Times Mapping
America Website (http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer).
1. Go to the Mapping America Website (above). In the box next to the Go button, type Los
Angeles and click to the Go button.
This will take you to a map of the greater Los Angeles area showing racial and ethnic
distributions of Los Angeles.
Find your home area by entering your zip code (again in the box to the left of the Go
Button). Next, find the specific census tract where you live. You will probably want to
use the Magnifying Glass (to the right of the Go Botton) to locate your census tract.
Write down below the distribution of groups in your census tract.
Whites
Blacks
Hispanics
Asians
Other Groups

1%
51%
46%
0%
2%

2. Looking at the larger area around your home, find a census tract that meets each of the
following criteria. Make a note of the tract number and where the tract is located,
as you will need to find each tract again. (Helpful Hint: You can reduce the
magnification of the map to see a larger area by sliding the magnification tool in the
right-upper corner).

a.
b.
c.
d.
e.

70% or more White in an area with a population of 1,000 or more.


70% or more Hispanic
70% or more Black.
70% or more Asians.
Less than 10% Whites and more than 10% of Blacks, more than 10% of
Hispanics, and more than 10% of Asians.

3. For the tracts you found, you will need to gather additional information about them. To
do this click on the View More Maps button. Notice the four options under the
Choose a Topic box on the left. For each topic, you can select a map that provides you
specific information about different tracts. Complete the table for each of the census
tracts you have identified in the previous question. (Hint: You may find easier to stay in
one map and collect the same informationForeign Born or Per Capita Income, for
examplefor all of the tracts before moving on to a different type of map.)
Census Tract
Census Tract Number
Population

3.359

4,858

5,270

5,057

4,739

Foreign born

17%

36%

10%

56%

37%

Per capita income

$111,940

$45,461

$51,531

$74,164

$45,485

Percentage with Income under $30,000

18%

32%

30%

20%

23%

Percentage with Income over $199,999

8%

1%

3%

9%

4%

Percentage of High school graduates

94%

41%

83%

93%

73%

Percentage with Bachelors degree or


higher

58%

5%

17%

52%

13%

Percentage in Elementary private


school students

8%

0%

12%

7%

3%

Percentage of Same Sex Couples

2%

1%

0%

0%

0%

Median home value

$846,600

$348,100

$353,300

$650,600

428,4000

Median monthly rent

$1,164

$845

$810

$1,602

$929

4. Respond to the following in complete sentences.


a. Look up the definition of segregation in a reputable source. From data that
you found on the maps, give a specific example of an area that seems to be
segregated.
a. According to merriam-webster dictionary segregation is the practice or
policy of keeping people of different races, religious, etc., separate from
each other.
i. By looking at the map, South Gate seemed to be segregated by
having most areas with over 95% Hispanics (540201).
b. Among the census tracts you identified, which tract has the highest percentage
in the top income level? [In addition to giving the tract number, also describe
where the tract is located (ex. East Long Beach or between the 110 and 710
south of the 91).] Which tract has the highest percentage in the lowest income
level?

a. The tract with the highest income is 5718 located in Long Beach by
Virginia Country Club.
b. The tract with the lowest income is 543202 located in Compton between
Central and Alameda and Artesia and Greenleaf.
c. Among the tracts that you gathered information about, which one has the highest
percentage of college degrees? Which has the lowest? [In addition to giving the
tract number, also describe where the tract is located.] Which ethnic group is the
largest in these tracts?
a. The tract with the highest college degree is 5718 located in Long Beach
by Virginia Country Club. Having whites be the largest ethnic group in
this track.
b. The tract with the lowest college degree is 543202 located in Compton
between Central and Alameda and Artesia and Greenleaf. Having
Hispanics be the largest ethnic group in this track.
d. Look at the data you collected in your chart. What are three important differences
between areas with a high percentage of whites (A) and a high percentage of nonwhites (B-E).
a. A big difference would be income, whites (A) have a higher income than the
other racial groups (B-E).
b. Yet when comparing whites (A) had a major difference with Hispanic (B)
especially in home value/rent and the amount of education/degrees obtained.
e. Return to a larger view of Los Angeles by typing Los Angeles in the box next to the
Go button and clicking Go. Go to the View More Maps page, and select the
Racial/Ethnic Distribution map. From the map, describe the areas (cities, parts of
city, coast, etc.) that have the largest concentration of Whites, of Blacks, and of
Hispanics in the Los Angeles area.
a. Most whites are located in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica,
everywhere near the ocean.
b. Many blacks and located in Inglewood or around the area between Century and
Jefferson.
c. Many Hispanics live in East Los Angeles through Montebello, along the
Pomona freeway.
f. List at least two other interesting thing observations that you noted about Southern
California in doing this map assignment.
d. I noticed that many communities are segregated although that is something one
does not talk about in.
e. I also founded interesting that many whites reside down the shore.