Special Section Segregated Seattle

Seattle Segregation Maps 1920-2010

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Here are five sets of maps showing residential distributions for various racial and ethnic populations. Left below are maps for 1920 and 1960. Right below are maps and a slideshow showing changing racial distributions across King County from 1940 to 2010. Below that are neighborhood maps from 2010 and 1960 with close detail about diversity or segregation in each neighborhood. Last is a set of rare maps showing racial groups and Jewish families in Central Seattle in 1939.

1920 and 1960 Seattle maps
Here are maps of where Japanese Americans, African Americans, andChinese Americans lived in 1920 and 1960 and where Filipino Americans and Native Americans lived in 1960. Click on the individual maps to see enlarged versions.

King County 1950 - 2010 slideshow
Residential patterns for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Whites, Native Americans are mapped in two formats Click below to see maps..

Neighborhoods Today
This set of maps show the block by block residences of Whites, Blacks, Asian Americans, and Latinos in King County as recorded in the 2010 census. Each dot represents a single person color coded by race and ethnicity.

Desegregating Seattle neighborhoods 1960-2010

This slideshow shows changing racial distributions in North Seattle, the Central District, and South Seattle for each decade from 1960 to 2010.

African Americans

Chinese Americans

Filipino Americans

Native Americans  
Japanese Americans

1939 Central Seattle maps: Sociologist Paul Hatt mapped the residential patterns of Seattle's minority communities in the downtown and central neighborhoods of Seattle using data collected in WPA Seattle Residential Survey. These detailed maps show each household and aare especailly valuable for showing the concentration of Jewish families. Source: Paul Kichener Hatt, "A Study of Natural Areas in the Central Residential District of Seattle" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1945);

Sources: The King County 1940-2010 and the 1960 neighborhood maps are courtesy of Social Explorer, an online demographic project that has converted census tract data into interactive maps: www.socialexplorer.com  The 2010 neighborhood diversity maps are extracted from the interactive Racial Dot map produced by Dustin A. Cable for the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and used with permission. The 1920 and 1960 Seattle maps are from Calvin F. Schmid, Charles E. Nobbe, and Arlene E. Mitchell, Nonwhite Races, State of Washington (Olympia WA, 1968)


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