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Making Neighborhoods Interactive Map: New York Region



CHPC has applied its innovative Making Neighborhoods demographic analysis model to the New York metropolitan region.

Using clustering techniques to analyze federal decennial census data, we are able to create this stunning interactive tool that allows users to see how demographics changed in our region from 2000 to 2010.

Users can toggle between 2000 and 2010 to observe the changes that occurred. By clicking on any part of the region, users can populate the data box on the screen with the demographic information about each of the 16 population clusters that emerged from our analysis.

The report

Making Neighborhoods: New York Region

In 2014, CHPC released the first Making Neighborhoods report and interactive map studying demographic change in New York City in the decade spanning 2000 to 2010. Since then, we have expanded our work to include the metropolitan area surrounding the city.

At the heart of Making Neighborhoods is a statistical method known as cluster analysis. Our cluster analysis method finds commonalities between census tracts across race, income, age, educational attainment, foreign birth, household and family type, and presence of public housing. Our model identified 16 population clusters of census tracts that differed from each other for the year 2000.

Our report details the methods and results of this innovative approach to studying demographic change. The Making Neighborhoods study measures change from 2000 to 2010, as well as presents our thoughts on the implications of the results for the regional housing market looking forward.

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