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Mapping How NYC's Housing Market Spurs Population Change

Nonprofit organization Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) has put together a compelling interactive map that explores demographic changes by neighborhood throughout the five boroughs between 2000 and 2010. The map shows the movement of 14 groups of populations, defined by variables like race, age, and income. It also reveals what neighborhoods different populations moved to and who assumed their place, and how different groups have grown or shrank. The map and the study that accompanies it is part of an extensive effort made by CHPC along with the New York State Association for Affordable Housing to reveal how New Yorkers are answering to housing availability and economic changes on the neighborhood level.

CHPC highlights five major trends that occurred between 2000 and 2010: 1) The largest population cluster in 2010, comprising over 1 million residents, is Majority-Hispanic, low-income families and singles. The population group grew 13-percent between 2000 and 2010, and also covers 18-percent more geographic area in 2010. 2) The black middle class experienced an 18-percent decline, although the city's overall black population only experienced a 5-percent decline. 3) Majority-white upper-middle class areas became whiter. 4) High-income white, mostly single, households spread into traditionally diverse areas like Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn. 5) The city's Asian population expanded into areas that had been dominated by the white population in 2000.

The Making Neighborhoods map is totally mesmerizing. Got a few minutes? You'll need 'em if you click through (and you know you want to.)
· Making Neighborhoods [CHPC]
· CHPC [official]
· Cool Map Thing archives [Curbed]