GEOG 5121 Project 2: Mapping the Census

Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina

John Taber

 
Figure 1: This is my neighborhood (in central Raleigh, a mile or so north of the state capitol), as seen on American FactFinder's Reference Maps.  Data is from the 1990 census - some of the streets shown do not presently exist.  Census tract and block group boundaries and identifiers are shown as well as streets - identifiers for census region and division, and the state, can also be seen.

Approximate scale is 1:27,500.

 
Figure 2: This map shows median income by census tract, created on American FactFinder's Quick Thematic Maps, which used data from the 1990 census.  I used seven quartiles because I felt this best showed the contrasts between regions within the county.  Primarily, I wished to point out that there are two Raleighs: the core area, inside or just south of the Beltine (Interstates 40 and 440); and "North Raleigh", the area north of the Beltline. "Old Raleigh" has almost all the poorest census tracts, and North Raleigh's census tracts are among the richest in the county. The other richer area is the residential community of Cary, which is at least as much of a suburb of Research Triangle Park as of Raleigh. Middle incomes can be found throughout the county, but are in patches of sorts.   This contrast has become more acute as time has gone on, as North Raleigh has continued to grow to the north and Cary (which has doubled in the last decade) to the west.  

Scale is approximately 1:1,500,000.

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