Native Americans in America

Native_AmericansIt being Thanksgiving, I think of Native Americans, among other things. It’s a carryover from my childhood, when the whole Pilgrims & Indians mythos was treated as gospel truth.

Looking at their distribution, you can see Native American concentrations in modern tribal areas — Oklahoma, in particular, is easy to pick out. Other reservations and concentrations of Native Americans can be seen in the southwest, and parts of the northern Great Plains.

Native American demographics weren’t included in the census dataset I used as my primary source. They’re included in files that look at race, rather than ancestry, and it’s a little weird to me that the two aren’t kept together. Race is about more than just race – it’s also about where we came from, and how we got where we are today. These maps help show both where we are now, and to some extent, I think they speak to how we got here, as well.

Link to map in Tableau: https://public.tableausoftware.com/views/supercensus/NativeAmericans?:embed=y&:display_count=no

English in America

EnglishLike many Americans, I’m a little hazy on my family tree. However, I’ve always thought of myself as predominately British, and assumed that as a former British colony, English descendents would be heavily represented when I mapped them.

This was not the case.

While America has plenty of English-Americans, they’re much more sparse than, say, German-Americans. This also brings up an interesting question – how much of these census results is attributed to actual lineage, and how much is due to variances in self-reporting? In other words, when you can count German, English, Welsh and Scottish relatives as part of your family tree, how do you choose to describe yourself? Perhaps claiming English descent seems too pedestrian, and loses out to the more “exciting” choices of, say, Scottish. To get true data, you would probably have to turn to genetic testing, and data from genetic testers that release demographic information can’t be trusted as being statistically representative of everyone – getting tested costs money, and requires an interest in such things. That’s going to skew results.

For now, the census is as good as it gets, and I was quite surprised by this one. Here’s hoping I’m not alone – expected results can be awfully boring.

Link to my Tableau tool:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/views/supercensus/English?:embed=y&:display_count=no

A Very German America

german_americansToday I’m looking at one of the largest demographic groups in America’s ethnic background: The Germans.

German-Americans are extremely prevalent across large portions of the nation. Unlike some of the other maps I’ve done in this series, Germans don’t show up in narrow patches or bands – they fill the map in massive numbers across large swaths of territory.

As you can see from the map, a lot of us list German ancestry. The mid-west, in particular, seems to have held a special attraction for German immigrants.

Here’s a link to my Tableau tool, so you can zoom in, explore, and play:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/profile/jared5561#!/vizhome/supercensus/germanamericans

 

French-Americans, and Louisiana’s heritage

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Today I turn my census-driven attention to the French – a population of particular importance in Louisiana.

Louisiana owes much of her culture, her food, and her style to the French blood which runs through the byways and bayous of the state. While it’s no secret that Louisiana has a large number of French-descended residents, seeing the distribution mapped out (and seeing it nationally) is fascinating.

I’ll continue this series, looking at more of the heritage of American immigration.

The dataset I’m working with, the 2013 census estimations, has some glaring oversights, however: It doesn’t include data on native Americans, african-Americans (except for sub-saharan Africans), or Hispanics. I’ll need to get data for those groups elsewhere, so that I can include them in the project. For whatever reason, this particular dataset seems to have a strong focus on European immigration. Still, given that many of the folks voicing strong opinions during the current immigration debate are of European descent, perhaps this oversight isn’t a lethal one. Aside from native Americans, we all came from somewhere else. These maps and this data helps to show precisely where we came from, and where we ended up.

Here’s a link to the Tableau tool so you can see things in greater detail, as well as zoom in, get county info, etc:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/profile/jared5561#!/vizhome/supercensus/frenchamericans

Enjoy and share! :D

Danish-Americans

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Continuing my look at American immigration, today I’ve put together a map showing the distribution of zip codes with concentrations of residents of Danish descent. I’ve also made changes to the Tableau tool so that you can now mouse over zip codes and get information on the nearest city, the county, and the state where that zip code is located (the graphic overlay makes it impossible to read state borders and such in Tableau).

Calling America a melting pot is a cliche – but looking at the ingredients is fascinating. I’m currently working on getting racial data pulled in, because the ancestry data in these tables is curiously lacking of such obvious and necessary things as native Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. The census can be maddening to work with.

Here’s a link to the Tableau, so you can zoom in, get county info, etc:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/profile/jared5561#!/vizhome/supercensus/DanishAmericans

A map of Czech-Americans

In my continuing series looking at demographics of America, I now turn to Czech-Americans. Using Census data, I’ve mapped where people reporting Czech ancestry live in the United States.

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The map shows a strong distribution in the mid-west and Texas, and is set so that it tops out at 5% of the population reporting Czech ancestry. I’ll be continuing this series – so stay tuned for new maps and a new look at the polyglot nature of America!

Here’s the Tableau map, if you’d like to zoom in and see smaller geographic areas:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/profile/jared5561#!/vizhome/supercensus/Czech

Where do our veterans live?

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Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time with census data. This map is one of the results of that effort – and it shows, by zip code, where veterans are concentrated among the local population. Wherever on the map you see dark red, 20% (or more) of the residents are veterans.

Apparently, the west holds a draw for our veterans. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised by how much of the country includes veteran populations of 20% or more.

Here’s a link to the viz – you can mouse over zip codes for individual percentages, zoom in, etc:

https://public.tableausoftware.com/views/supercensus/veteranstatus?:embed=y&:display_count=no