HOT BLAST: The many dots on Calhoun County's map
Sep 13, 2013 | 1403 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The old truisms about Calhoun County's racial demographics are often retold: East Anniston is largely white, west Anniston is largely black, Hispanics are prominent in Oxford south of Interstate 20, the county's unincorporated areas are largely white.

Now, thanks to a new map from the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, we can zero in on racial makeup at the census-track level anywhere in the United States. If you're interested in who we are and where we live in Calhoun County, this map is a dream.

A few quick observations:

  • We've known, at least superficially, that east Anniston was becoming a more diverse part of the county. But look how the areas just east of Quintard and just north of Regional Medical Center are hardly majority white. Times have changed.
  • Yes, the county's strongest areas of Hispanic population are in south Oxford around the airport and the interstate.
  • The red dots represent people of Asian descent. Look at the places throughout the county where they are most prevalent.
On and on we could go. You could waste a few hours of your Friday afternoon doing this. Please do.

-- Phillip Tutor
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