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How not to visualize America's changing demographics

There is no doubt that the ethnic composition of America has changed a lot over the past few decades and is set to keep changing. And at around 9:30 AM this morning, NBC News gave us a deeply confusing look at that fact:

Bll4wwicaaa85nh The Asian population vanished in 2010, but by 2060 there will be lots of Asians living in central Maine?

Here's a clearer view:

Race_change One nuance here is that the Census Bureau did not attempt to measure Hispanic identity back in 1960. That only emerged as a survey category in the 1970 Census.

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