There have been maps of Detroit’s black population through every decade, but what about its white population? I decided to make this map after taking some friends around to a few hot spots in Detroit. We hit up Northern Lights before getting dinner at Green Dot Stables and then headed over the Sugar House for evening drinks. The venues progressively became less diverse. The Corktown area establishments seemed to be dominated by the young, hip, and white of Detroit.
This map demonstrates the divide in new neighborhood developments in the city: Hamtramck as a hip place to live, Downtown and Midtown bringing in students and young professionals, and Corktown/ Southwest as the coolest place to live in Detroit. It also represents the racial/ ethnic association with being “white.” Southwest Detroit appears to be a most densely white, but in reality many individuals of Latino heritage respond to the Census Bureau with “white” as their race/ethnicity. The numbers may be skewed, but there is no doubt that these areas do have growing young and white populations along with increased investment dollars.
Compare with Wayne County White Population