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Map and better understand racial inequity

Location intelligence can help build a more equitable and just world where a person's race or ethnicity does not impact their outcomes. Mapping and GIS can provide insight into patterns of inequality and bring communities together around a common understanding to drive change.
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GIS workflows to achieve racial equity

Engage communities and partners

Engage communities and partners through storytelling; crowdsourcing; and sharing initiative-focused content that increases awareness, understanding, and collaboration on the topic of racial inequities and efforts toward racial justice.

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Map and analyze inequities

Apply a racial-equity lens through maps and spatial analysis to reveal and understand inequities in experiences and outcomes within your community. Locate populations of concern, identify barriers to equality, and support informed and equitable decision-making.

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Operationalize racial-justice best practices

Design and plan equitable allocations of resources, alleviating burdens on communities of color. Enhance the delivery of services for racially equitable outcomes by using maps and spatial analysis and collecting the right location, demographic, and operational data needed to support racial justice.

Manage performance for racial equity

Manage and analyze the performance of initiatives and services to understand and measure meaningful impact. Leverage decision-making tools to visualize racial inequities at a glance so that you can adapt strategies and operations accordingly.

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Racial Equity Community Outreach Solution
Local governments can use this solution to communicate progress on racial-equity initiatives to the general public and other stakeholders.
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Police Transparency Solution
Police Transparency Solution can be used to share information and communicate engagement efforts that build trust with the general public and community stakeholders.
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Racial Equity GIS Hub
Visit the Racial Equity GIS Hub to find relevant data layers, user examples, training, solutions, and other resources to help in your work for racial justice.
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Relevant data sources
Explore authoritative geospatial data to visualize and analyze population variables such as race and ethnicity, internet access by age and race, race with highest median income, disability status, and more.
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Stories of GIS for equity and social justice

Learn how others are already using GIS and mapping with a racial equity lens to advance social justice.


Maria-Alicia Serrano, senior director of research, analytics and insights for YMCA, explains the power of data and visualization to match programs and services to member needs. Learn how the Y relies on sophisticated mapping and analysis to strategically improve communities.

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The Northern California city of San Rafael created an interactive online map of open restaurants with an added map layer highlighting minority-owned eateries.


Mapping Black California (MBC) supports better understanding, reporting, and visualization data on Black Californians. The initiative combines the advocacy journalism legacy of the Black press and the data visualization capabilities of geospatial technology to enhance community news and storytelling.


Understanding racial inequities and injustices can be complex and difficult to visualize. GIS is a technology that, at its fundamental level, can break down complexities and reveal patterns over space and time, which can go a long way toward guiding action.


GIS is being used to examine and explore the issues of redlining, historic zoning codes, Federal Housing Administration policies and more.

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The city of Houston uses data visualization and maps to contextualize the differences in quality of life among White and Black low-income residents.

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The City of Oakland’s Department of Race & Equity uses location intelligence to surface, share, and act on inequities that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) face.

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Mapping helped the Driven by Justice Coalition show the disproportionate rates and numbers of driver’s license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets in communities of color and low-income.

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Join others in the GIS for Equity and Social Justice community on GeoNet to connect, collaborate, and share best practices on these topics. Ask questions or share your expertise.

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