About SocScape

SocScape - mapping residential segregation and racial diversity

SocScape (Social Landscape) is a research project that aims to provide free, ready-to-use resources of maps for visualizing and analyzing residential segregation and racial diversity in the conterminous US and US metropolitan areas in 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2020.

This project was developed in the Space Informatics Lab at the University of Cincinnati by Tomasz Stepinski, Anna Dmowska, and Pawel Netzel.

The SocScape project provides five types of resources:

  • high resolution population, race-specific, and racial diversity grids for 1990, 2000, 2010, 2020 (available as GeoTiffs)
  • racial diversity change maps that show temporal changes in racial diversity as a single map for 1990-2000, 2000-2010, and 1990-2010 comparison (available as ESRI Shapefiles)
  • racial dot maps calculated based on 2010 high resolution demographic grids for each county in the conterminous US (available as ESRI Shapefiles)
  • historical census tracts show racial composition and diversity/dominant race classification in US cities between 1910-2010 (available as ESRI Shapefiles).
  • National Racial Geography Dataset (NRGD2020) - a collection of precalculated GIS layers that can be used to quantify and visualize racial distribution for any place in the conterminous United States. The NRGD2020 dataset utilizes the Racial Landscape method. 


Contact information:
dr hab. Anna Dmowska, email: dmowska@amu.edu.pl
Department of Geoinformation, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation AMU
Address: Bogumiła Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
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prof. Tomasz Stepinski, email: stepintz@uc.edu
Space Informatics Lab, Department of Geography and GIS, University of Cincinnati
Address: 215 Braunstein Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
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prof. UR dr hab. Paweł Netzel, email: pawel@netzel.pl
Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture, Kraków, Poland
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