American segregation, mapped at day and night

  • Published on Feb 18, 2019
  • We work in diverse places. We live in segregated ones.
    Check out this interactive map that Alvin built, to see these effects for yourself:
    Correction: At 3:37, we mislabeled a map "Charlotte," but it is actually the Charleston metropolitan area.
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    America policies engineered our segregated homes. But the workplace? That had the chance of being a place where we interact with people of other races - and form meaningful relationships. These maps show that this hasn't exactly happened. In fact, the most personal parts of our lives is still very segregated. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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Comments • 7 741

  • Vox
    Vox  5 months ago +2252

    Correction: at 3:37 the video mistakenly labels a map "Charlotte." The map shown is actually of the Charleston metropolitan area.

    • Kildare Aleksander
      Kildare Aleksander 18 days ago

      Segregation racial is better for everyone.

    • ‹depression autopilot›
      ‹depression autopilot› 2 months ago +1

      Dark Horizon Literally no one cares when a group of people threaten to leave. I'm not trying to be demeaning, just honest. Large groups in the US sometimes threaten to move to Canada when a certain president is elected. What happens? 99.9% don't end up leaving, and no one would care if they did. It is like when one angry customer threatens to "never shop at this store again!" The employees don't give a damn, and neither does the company because they know it will have zero financial impact. And what would happen in our country? Outsiders will continue to want to come in, and heaps of jobs will open up for the unemployed and under-employed. Plus a few months in a foreign place you did not grow up in, on a continent that mostly ranks as 3rd world may be a bad shock for you...
      Also, "Sororities and fraternaties serve as an enclave of power used to exclude and repress" EVERYONE that does not check every box of their disgusting selection qualifications. They would most likely accept a wealthy, well-connected black man or woman before they accepted a poor, unconnected, but highly educated white man or woman. I agree they should be done away with, atleast we can meet at that point, but not for the reason you stated.

    • fun and vlogs with rayan
      fun and vlogs with rayan 3 months ago

      Now you make Charleston people sad instead of Charlotte

    • Happy Thoughts
      Happy Thoughts 4 months ago

      @samy said That's the problem. Opportunities aren't equal. They're dramatically tilted toward suburban whites.

    • Thornback
      Thornback 4 months ago

      I'm the epitome of health, work out 3x a week and am within the normal range of BMI. I'm hoping my MA degree and cod-liver-oil drank also counts.

  • Dillon Johnson
    Dillon Johnson 5 hours ago

    Videos like this make someone who isn't racist feel persecuted for being white. You want me to go racist so I can match your description ?

  • Joy Hasan
    Joy Hasan 4 days ago +1

    We need it back

  • R K
    R K 5 days ago +1

    I changed jobs and neighbourhoods because I'd rather work/live around people who are the same as me, and im not white

    • Email
      Email 5 days ago

      don't feel bad, that is completely natural

  • caatabatic
    caatabatic 6 days ago

    I was told by white people that racism ended when we elected Obama. riiight?

  • iceberg lettuce
    iceberg lettuce 7 days ago +1

    There's nothing wrong with wanting to live around people of the same race as yourself, this video leads me to believe that that's wrong, but if that was the case then China towns all across the us should have forced integration

  • Mei
    Mei 7 days ago +1

    well you don't need research to find out those findings in the video.

  • Hadouken Hadouken
    Hadouken Hadouken 11 days ago


  • sam zag
    sam zag 16 days ago

    Yes it’s true the gouvernement try to maintain the segregation but it will not affect all people in general only some of us . And it’s not always accurate

  • rico Tomas
    rico Tomas 16 days ago

    i already knew all of that

  • Mxnsourbeats
    Mxnsourbeats 17 days ago

    Who know the song at 1:30?

  • Jonathan Izaac
    Jonathan Izaac 17 days ago +1

    Segregation is the ONLY way- it can't be helped

  • James Johnson
    James Johnson 18 days ago

    To hear how ignorant whire women were back in the day is eery. No wonder why racial attitudes have changed little- the hand that rocks the cradle!

  • James Johnson
    James Johnson 18 days ago +1

    Isn't it strange that Levitt was Jewish?

  • Yaz
    Yaz 18 days ago

    Lmao @ the whites that are mad because people want diversity everywhere....

  • Andyyy Wu
    Andyyy Wu 19 days ago

    Why do I want to chuck an oyster shell at the women in the intro.

  • Moses Sean
    Moses Sean 19 days ago

    Looks about white

  • ratty potter
    ratty potter 20 days ago


  • Zapped Banana
    Zapped Banana 20 days ago

    Omg vox just stop

  • sumanjit arora
    sumanjit arora 22 days ago +1

    Yay they allowed light brown people like me YAY!

  • Loading Loading
    Loading Loading 23 days ago

    im white, so i support segregation

  • Zheng Jin
    Zheng Jin 23 days ago

    Oh yeah you never heard of the phrase glass ceiling? All minorities know it.

  • Kayden Sanchez
    Kayden Sanchez 23 days ago

    Ok racist people your taking it to far

  • - -
    - - 24 days ago +1

    America seems to be a different planet from over here in Europe

    • The Duke
      The Duke 21 day ago

      Looks are deceiving, I wont lie, it is different in a lot of ways, but take it at the personal level, and it's not really that different.

  • RJ Alpacaparka
    RJ Alpacaparka 24 days ago


  • Benevolent
    Benevolent 24 days ago +1

    So is gentrification making this better or worse?

  • bob smith
    bob smith 24 days ago

    Does Vox have any straight white men working for them?

  • NOT_Memeda
    NOT_Memeda 25 days ago +1

    Black people = diverse, huh?
    So... Croats, Poles, Greeks, Italians, Swedes, Finns, Germans, Russians etc. etc. .... Aren't?

  • bill ray wannabe
    bill ray wannabe 26 days ago

    I'm glad I was born in Fiji with my own people and my own culture and race and live together with other races in peace then shitwhole America

  • Colette Adams
    Colette Adams 27 days ago

    the thing about white people having mostly white friends, that can be linked back to the communities they get up in. If you live in a predominately white neighbourhood, chances are you'll go to a predominately white school. That means that you'll make predominately white friends. It's all linked. I don't think necessarily it's because people want to only make friends with their own race, it's just where you grow up. Especially since many suburbs are predominately white (and as they are more isolated from the city, they are not diverse in terms of tourists, office buildings, shops etc), whereas many black neighbourhoods are more central to the city, which is a far more diverse place.

  • Pablo Cejas
    Pablo Cejas 27 days ago +2

    For starters, races don't exist. Ethnic groups exist.

  • tyrion lnisster
    tyrion lnisster 27 days ago

    2:13 i instantly looked at my battery percent

  • TaeTaeisBae
    TaeTaeisBae 28 days ago

    It’s simple. Since whites generally have more income they can afford wealthier neighborhoods. Until blacks can afford it, white are not trying to segregate at all, that’s just how it is for now until the blacks catch up.

  • Jacob Hughes
    Jacob Hughes Month ago

    Identity politics is salvation.

  • Jacob Hughes
    Jacob Hughes Month ago

    At what point between 65% and 75% do you become racist? And why is it a bad thing to seek out the communities and workplaces in which you would feel most comfortable?
    Birds of the feather flock together. You shove clean energy down our throats when in actuality, you're the ones that have been ignoring nature.

  • Sammy Watkins
    Sammy Watkins Month ago

    So basically blacks just commute less to work. Smart.

  • hondo ohnaka productions

    That's why I like living out in the country
    You can have a Asian down the street blacks across the road and Hispanics next door

  • Willow Kinkle
    Willow Kinkle Month ago


  • alexandre piret
    alexandre piret Month ago

    I hate black people they are disgusting

  • checkbord spy
    checkbord spy Month ago

    America hasn't been segregated in decades and it's horrible that your calling this utopia your so lucky to live in as segregated.

  • Shawn Treelife
    Shawn Treelife Month ago +4

    There is only one race, though, the human race. We need to learn that.

    • Shawn Treelife
      Shawn Treelife Month ago

      @Stop Stop - My reply was a joke, too...

    • Stop Stop
      Stop Stop Month ago

      S Brian Chong chill out dude it’s a vine reference

    • Shawn Treelife
      Shawn Treelife Month ago

      @Stop Stop - Nascar is not a race! If you peel back the layers of the fibreglass shell and look inside, you'll see that we're all the same. :D

    • Stop Stop
      Stop Stop Month ago +2

      S Brian Chong What about nascar

  • NordicNostalgia
    NordicNostalgia Month ago

    Why didn't the blacks make black only communities?

    • Ramen Doodles
      Ramen Doodles 20 days ago

      Because for some reason, when black people try to make communities for themselves, white people get all offended and accuse THEM of segregation and racism for God forbid not including the whites!

  • It'sTaite
    It'sTaite Month ago

    I’ll show you a white only neighborhood put all us whites into poor townships and give all other races the wealth

  • Zeus Gates
    Zeus Gates Month ago +19

    Dude, cite these studies please! That's a major step toward being credible as a RU-clip channel

  • Ryan McLaughlin
    Ryan McLaughlin Month ago

    I think the whole “who we’re friends with” statistic just comes down to the fact that white people make up a large majority of the population

  • Brix Trix
    Brix Trix Month ago

    Is it such a crime to want to live and work with people who look like you?

    • rouge1ful
      rouge1ful Month ago +1

      uh yeah it is because when you don't have enough interaction with people of other races and cultures you tend to grow biases normally stereotypical biases.

  • Jay Ocq
    Jay Ocq Month ago

    Self segregation is a choice!

    DA BOSS Month ago

    What if we added that stats of how many people from all races into this. If the company was truly diverse, like in an interview, out of 100 applicants for a manager position, 14 would be african american because America consists of 14% of african america

  • subscribe for nothing
    subscribe for nothing Month ago +8

    americans are so obsessed with race, somethings never change

  • muttr
    muttr Month ago

    they are a living stereotype uneducated even when they go to school. take person out of ghetto but cant take ghetto out of person. loud talking rude mfs that are prone to criminal behavior

  • Voloko Umphetico
    Voloko Umphetico Month ago +3

    I occasionally have to travel to the U.S. for work and it's always a shock for me to see the segregation and racism that is rampant everywhere. The religious zealots are also a little unnerving (yes I am visiting the south.)

    • alek
      alek 26 days ago

      Voloko Umphetico it’s not even segregated now. Also, the religious people are quite crazy

  • puskasis
    puskasis Month ago

    this is sad ...

  • ben dover
    ben dover Month ago

    please leave us alone

  • hammer head
    hammer head Month ago

    White invaders

  • First Name Last Name

    Do white people have the right to live in their own communities

  • AnotherTargaryen
    AnotherTargaryen Month ago

    People like to live next to people who are similar to themselves... who would’ve guessed?!?

  • Alfredo Alcantar
    Alfredo Alcantar Month ago

    But joke is on him

  • Alexis Daniel
    Alexis Daniel Month ago +1

    Swear to god I just wrote about segregation with neighborhoods for my English class last semester

  • Jeffrey Hawkes
    Jeffrey Hawkes Month ago +7

    May I see the scholarly research and is it peer reviewed?

  • The Grim Reaper
    The Grim Reaper Month ago

    Who cares?

  • TendedTadpole2
    TendedTadpole2 Month ago

    Ok but why is this so important? This isn’t the same as segregation by an unjust law, it’s just how people are. Are you saying that in everything we do we need equal representation from all people based on skin tone? I feel like we’re just making a mountain out of a molehill to ignore real racial issues in our nation

  • Miriam Kernaghan
    Miriam Kernaghan Month ago

    Anyone else think it's weird they used white to represent less white places?

  • EqualsThreeable
    EqualsThreeable Month ago +3

    Diversity is a nice idea on paper. In the real world we have this weird hypocrisy about it. Diversity good, but segregation bad. However, they are two sides of the same coin. People most prefer commonalities. What's that, exactly what it sounds like. Take a convention like comic-con. You have a segregated community of people who prefer some kind of TV show, comic, movie, book, something that brings all the "nerds/weebs" together. Once you're there they even further divide the interest into panels and dealer rooms where certain shops that pertain to certain people's interest. It's like a mini version of the real world. Many people like to be a part of the group they have the same interest with, even if they don't know the people or end up making friends with them.

    This extends to cultural festivals too, a Polish Festival or Pride Parade. People are celebrating what makes them different while simultaneously congregating with people who are most like them. They enjoy the company of those who are like themselves. They may have friends who are not Polish but those attending or who are really involved love showing off to others why it's great being them. A small hint of safety comes with that community of people who are like you. Now I agree that there will always be people who are sick of their own and want some new experience unlike their own, but the majority always seems to cling and segregate themselves, more like a Venn-Diagram really. At school is another example. Art kids may stick together, certain language groups, girls, boys, types of people, eventually you find a group of blacks or Asians. Nobody physically separated these people, there are other groups in the same school that look like the epitome of diversity but somehow segregated groups appear.

    In the real world, people celebrate the idea of people with common backgrounds to stay together, but at the same time criticize the world for segregating people on purpose. So the issue looks compounded because you can't separate the ones who are stuck together and the ones who prefer to be together. Thus racism, sexism and any ism will never be truly solved because men enjoy having male friends more often than having female friends. When middle eastern people band together to run convenience stores and network because they share a common bond. The people of Dearborn Michigan have shown that very concept in action. It's not always forced, some people just seek to surround themselves with those they share commonalities with.

    • Hadouken Hadouken
      Hadouken Hadouken 11 days ago

      Subtle, quiet, nice, faith, education, safe, purpose with conviction and legally marriage. Those are some suggestions that make up a strong community. The only true segregation here is individuals that do not strive to be the best version of themselves be a productive citizen to society.
      - Truth

  • Filip Hamze
    Filip Hamze Month ago

    the whole point of this video is lost to me. the least rascist thing we can do is not talk about it. sure neighborhoods are segregated. so what? does it matter if the dude is asian,white or black? in companies it’s a different situation. the reason why some people are janitors is maybe because they had a worse economic situation which is not problem linked to race unless you are talking about the aftershocks of the realease of slaves. but this i think should have allready been resolved by the augmention of the minimum wage and the reduction of racism in society. around 95 percent of people in this comment section are probably not racist. that’s an assumption i know but not a wild one.

  • Charlotte Forst
    Charlotte Forst Month ago

    All my real life friends are white, but to be fair, there’s like... six poc at my school and none of them are really my style

  • domitry jobby
    domitry jobby Month ago

    i don't think this has anything to do with segregation or racism, people who are alike enjoy being together do in a way they segregate themselvs whites stay with whites, blacks with blacks and so on and thet's fine if the races respect one another. the workplace is a different envoierment because people rarely get to choose the work companions but when they can they choose poeple with similar culture and langage. We need to stop forcing multiculturalism like its inherently good.

  • Cry Celestial
    Cry Celestial Month ago +242

    It was a Hwite community

  • Food Reviewer 9001
    Food Reviewer 9001 Month ago

    I dont see why not having friends of different races is bad. It's just the people you choose to be around.

  • Mark Gable
    Mark Gable Month ago

    Poor white people . They always get a bad rap. I find it strange when white people call other white people racist. I think its done to get the black vote. Black people only vote one way.

  • KendrixTermina
    KendrixTermina Month ago +1

    I never understood how Americans could stand to live in these cookie-cutter houses, it always struck me as deeply creepy - shouldn't your house be as individual as you?
    When I saw them in cartoons I thought that was a joke, I was shocked to find out they're real.
    So I'm not entirely surprised to learn that they have some evil racist backstory.

  • Dana Spielman
    Dana Spielman Month ago

    What's the name of that really nice has very low crime rate, no homicides, hardly any robberies, plenty of businesses and jobs to be had, and it's predominantly black? Oh wait...

  • Shay Kitoffe
    Shay Kitoffe Month ago +1

    If I owned a company. I'd clearly higher people based off of how they acted/presented themselves. Not based off of "race"

  • Shay Kitoffe
    Shay Kitoffe Month ago


  • whitey 1
    whitey 1 Month ago

    Why do you need to force people to live together when they don't want to?

  • You're really unoriginal

    vOx: tHeREs A rAcIal prOblem in tHe IHOP wOrkPlAcE bEcAuSe wHIte pEople are rAcIst

  • Liam Anderson
    Liam Anderson Month ago

    Why are you Americans so obsessed with race race race

  • Honey Bee Talks
    Honey Bee Talks Month ago

    I remember being in elementary school with all white kids. I am black and mexican so my hair is big and curly! They ripped me apart for it among other things about me, and dont even get me started on my last name smh... I hated myself for a long time until FINALLY in 8th grade I begged my dad to let me ride the public bus to a different middle school in another city. He let me and I had never been happier! The school was diverse and the kids were still kids 😑 but you would never hear a single person getting made fun of for something like their wealth, color, hair, ect... I learned to love and accept myself and I'm so glad I went out of my way to find a better environment and I'm even more grateful that my dad understood and let me make that decision.

  • De Moe chan
    De Moe chan Month ago +18

    I feel so sorry for all native Americans and their stolen home 😭

    • Michael VR
      Michael VR 24 days ago

      De Moe chan colonists were not immigrants considering they were not immigrating to any country. They were settling a new frontier. Also, I’m Swedish and live in Sweden so sit down.

    • De Moe chan
      De Moe chan 24 days ago

      @Michael VR nope, it's evil when you self are a imigrant and try to throw out other imigrants

    • Michael VR
      Michael VR 25 days ago +1

      Meanwhile those natives were stealing land from other natives. But war is only evil when white people do it I guess.

    • tmcmurra63
      tmcmurra63 27 days ago

      @Kaitlin All part of the process of conquest.

  • ACampa
    ACampa Month ago

    not in the bay!

  • karma leglass
    karma leglass Month ago

    I dont hate white people.....i just want them out of my way!!!!

  • James Quinn
    James Quinn Month ago

    Segregation is a natural, good thing. Homogeneous modern countries will always be superior to countries that foolishly want integration.

  • war pig gaming
    war pig gaming Month ago

    Damn Democrat cities and thier segregation

  • roodi tooti
    roodi tooti Month ago

    Yup. The line separating Kansas City is Troost. Thanks to the rat bastard J C Nichols. But troost is getting gentrified now so things are changing, getting more expensive. It's a mess

  • Bb Dd
    Bb Dd Month ago

    As a Mexican I do not feel comfortable with white people because they cannot relate to me as a first generation immigrant

  • cup of coffee that's a little too hot

    Saw the thumbnail and thought Vox made another Minecraft video

  • Mr. Irrelevant
    Mr. Irrelevant Month ago

    Everyone who has ever been to a major city knows that the crazies come out at night

  • Marti Stern
    Marti Stern Month ago

    Cool whhhite

  • kev kev
    kev kev Month ago

    People of colour? White is a colour.

  • Noah Stout
    Noah Stout Month ago

    Workplaces shouldn’t be 25% white, 25% black, 25% Asian, and 25% Hispanic, because that is not how they are represented in our country but population percentage.

  • michaelovitch
    michaelovitch Month ago

    Afghan /Iraq wars reunited peoples on a symbolic and political manner,so you can see more dark colored peoples in the work place : it's just political.
    Nothing changed, peoples are concentrated following their geographical origin / social origin and bank account size.
    You can do the same analysis with rich / poors peoples, and homosexuals peoples ,you will get the same segregation.
    Also you don't see more whites going to live in other communities than before.

  • Adri Leemput
    Adri Leemput 2 months ago

    Could you please explain how the presented maps prove the statement? The only thing I see is where black people live. Non of the maps give information about any other ethnic group, or about the wealth of the neighborhoods.

  • Jerry Iavarone
    Jerry Iavarone 2 months ago

    Did you say “in Long Island” smh

  • khazakh ҉
    khazakh ҉ 2 months ago

    vox logic: less white people = more diverse.

  • Aleksandr Vasilenko
    Aleksandr Vasilenko 2 months ago

    How about you leave me alone. If I want to only be around white people that is not something anyone should try to “fix,” it’s my life I will live it as I want to live it.

  • Hussein Ahmad
    Hussein Ahmad 2 months ago

    As an ethnic arab, i'm so glad i live in the UK, feel like our country is miles ahead of the rest of the world in terms of integration. Think the US is broken in too many ways, you lot need a new democratic political system that works better for americans and more moderate and objective media.

  • Chr1stph3r James
    Chr1stph3r James 2 months ago

    Call me crazy but maybe just maybe people rather live around their own race and no ones being segregated and it’s natural

  • Justin Belk
    Justin Belk 2 months ago

    I see blacks snd whites working everywere together and living together

  • Christian Cohen
    Christian Cohen 2 months ago

    I would say where you live affects how much funding/resources to public schools, transportation, etc. Which you can see starkly through public schools in the cities across the country (inner cities schools normally are failing/poor, while the suburban schools thrive and have an excess of money to provide more). Because of 100 years of Segregation then moving to a system where your local community funds the quality of public services after insured mass poverty in the black community WHILE they were largely excluded from the economic boom after WWII. This ensured sub-par Public schools/services for the vast majority of blacks for generations while whites get quality services (Ex. White comfortability with police). Higher poverty rates bring higher crime rates and higher police surveillance. It’s a continuous cycle. The us has to invested into black communities the same way they did with white communities in the 50’s. If not, this problem and others of systematic racism will still exist and affect people

  • Bya Kuya
    Bya Kuya 2 months ago

    That proves whites are the most racist!

  • Isser Zajac
    Isser Zajac 2 months ago

    You are the motive of the segregation, follow whit me
    study a lot> go to university> get a high pay job ✓
    That's how it works, not being white or black, that's bullshit, if you have skills you are good, if you don't want and like to work you will not have a good pay job. Sorry Vox this one you fail, badly.