About The map

Created in 2013 by the Cooper Center Demographics Research Group, the Racial Dot Map, provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity. 


How the racial dot map makes a difference

Since its creation, the dot map has been spectacularly popular. Over the years, we have received numerous emails from people across the country, and even the world, requesting permission to include the map in a publication, asking for an image of the map to include in an exhibit or textbook, or sharing stories about how the map has played a role in the work they do. In 2020, we wanted to better understand the impact of the racial dot map, so we installed a pop-up message on the map site encouraging people to share their stories. We received over 600 testimonials from people around the country, excited to share how they have used the racial dot map. Below are a handful of the stories we received that help to tell why the racial dot map matters.


Three people tell their stories about how they have used the racial dot map to make a difference in their work and in their communities—from a former high school teacher who used it to help her students understand the why behind segregation, to a non-profit who uses it to address home vacancy and abandonment, to a political commentator who uses it to inspire change.

Will There be a 2020 racial dot map?

We thank those of you who helped support us in our efforts to secure funding by sharing your racial dot map testimonials. However, we did not acquire the necessary funding and will not be producing a new map based on the 2020 census. In addition, we removed the 2010 racial dot map at the end of 2021 as it no longer provided the most accurate depiction of the nation’s population distribution and changing racial composition.

Stories of Impact


We want to know the value that people find in working with us. We want to live up to that value and incorporate it in every project we undertake. Quite simply, we want our work to matter. On this page, we share with you, a collection of stories of how our work has made a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.