We’ll just admit it: Maps make us happy. Regular readers probably already know this. A while back we highlighted Eric Fischer’s work on racial segregation in American cities. Then we got our hands on Bill Rankin’s maps on racial density. Boil it down to us being big ole’ nerds who love finding new ways of visualizing racial data. And it looks like we’re in luck again. The New York Times chalked up Census data from the years 2005-2009 and put together an interactive map showing the distribution of racial and ethnic groups on every block in America. You should try it. Just enter your zip code to find out how things look near your house. A few staffers at ColorLines mapped our neighborhoods, which you can see below. So go ahead and nerd out with us. It’s fun, we promise.

census_bedstuy_121510.jpgBed-Stuy neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York

census_oakland_121510.jpgLake Merritt neighborhood in Oakland, CA

census_sf_121510.jpgSunset neighborhood in San Francisco, CA

census_LA_121510.jpgWilshire neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA

Thanks to Oakland journalist Reginald James for the heads up.