2007_05_nycworldmap2.jpgThe other day, Kottke linked to a this map (click the image to enlarge), showing Manhattan as a collage of nations, relative to where each country's residents lived. The map, made in 2005 by a Rutgers geography graduate student, uses data from the 2000 Census to show the diversity of Manhattan. The creator was inspired by the the "international diversity" of the city's residents.

How did he do this? From the map-maker himself:

The 2000 US Census data for citizenship was used as a guide in placing the countries. For each of the 80 countries of origin listed, I found the Census tract where the most of its residents were located. This is a different procedure from finding the most prevalent country for each tract, since this method would not capture all of the countries represented in the data. Instead, there can be more than one country represented in a single census tract.

ArcGIS Software was used to draw countries as data in decimal degrees at a scale of 1:50,000,000. A Census tract map of Manhattan was labeled with the derived citizenship data, drawn at a scale of 1:24,000. Both maps were exported into Adobe Illustrator for manipulation. Countries were placed near the Census tract where most of their citizens were found, and spaced to fit in relation to the other country shapes.

The final map design focused on Global Island aspect of Manhattan. Each country retains its distinct borders in forming the mosaic of Manhattan. The title “Global Island” emphasizes the relationship between Manhattan island and the final island design. The Global Island suggests that residents from all over the world can coexist, that they are integral to making the City what it is, and they can still retain their separate identities. Rather than a melting pot, the City is a rich mosaic, a microcosm of the world.

Now all we want is a map for the whole city like this and maybe a map relative to the actual population of each nationality. Because there's no way there are so many Canadians living on the East Side.