On Friday, we took a look at how our shares of race and ethnicity have changed over time and showed that Atlanta has significantly increased its diversity since the 1980s. For this Monday Mapday, we’re taking a look at change from 2000 to 2017 at both the county and tract level to compare macro- and micro-level changes in demographics. An interactive map at the end offers an opportunity to explore the data in more depth and derive your own insights.
Examining change in shares of non-Hispanic white residents
The images below show the percentage point change in shares of non-Hispanic white residents from 2000 to 2017. At the county level, we see loss in shares of white residents throughout the entire 10-county area. The greatest drop occurred in Rockdale County, at 38.1 percentage points.
At the tract level, however, we see a different story, in which some areas are actually gaining share of white residents. These tracts are predominantly in the south Atlanta portion of Fulton County and the eastern portion of DeKalb County, though there are a few locations in Cobb County and Cherokee County as well.
Examining change in shares of non-Hispanic black residents
Below, we can see the percentage point change in black residents at the county level. Notably, almost all counties saw an increase in their shares of black residents, with the greatest increase in shares occurring in Rockdale County, at 32.9 percentage points. DeKalb and Fulton counties saw virtually no change, at -0.5 and -0.6 percentage points, respectively.
The tract level view, however, shows that some neighborhoods are seeing decline in share. Approximately a quarter of tracts in the 10-county area saw a negative percentage point change, and many correspond to the places where we saw a percentage point increase in shares of white residents.
Map explorer tool
As Friday’s post pointed out, there’s more to metro-level demographic change than just shares of black and white residents — though these shifts represent the most visible component of our racial and ethnic dynamics. The interactive tool below makes it possible to compare percentage point change across different racial and ethnic groups by turning different layers on or off, as well as using the slider tool in the middle-left of the map pane. Click on the map to reveal both county- and tract-level data about population and percentage point change in the area’s demographics. You can also click on the arrow at the bottom of the map pane to reveal a spreadsheet with the underlying data.
Source: Census 2000 and ACS 2013-2017 rolling averages, with analysis by the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Research and Analytics Group