Map Monday: Northern Twin Cities Suburbs Racial Dot Map

Last week I posted a series of maps showing how the areas around the Northern borders of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have been changing over the past few decades, become much more racially diverse over that time span.

I was reminded again of the wonderful Cooper Center racial dot map project, which offers both beautiful cartography and useful information — in other words, a terrific example of data visualization. So this week, enjoy the racial dot map zooming in on the same area.


Here’s the same map with the city of Saint Anthony highlighted:



Once you leave the core cities and the largest suburbs, Twin Cities metro area city boundaries become quite complicated. And many of these cities differ from each other along demographic or class lines.

For example, via Minnesota Compass, here are the demographic details for the Northeast and “Stadium” area neighborhoods in Minneapolis which border on the cities of Saint Anthony and Lauderdale


By comparison, the much smaller cities like Falcon Heights or Saint Anthony reflect smaller and more isolated samples. According to Minnesota Compass, Saint Anthony is 79.5% white with a median household income of $54K. Meanwhile, Falcon Heights is 76% white with a median household income of $66.6K.

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.