Data Analysis

1890-1900 The Pre-Migration

Figure 1. Population Increase Map, 1890-1900. Colors represent the increase in population; white shows the lowest volume increase and dark purple shows the highest.

The period between 1890 and 1900 saw increase in population all over the United States. The highest increase during this decade is seen in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Also notable, which is not shown in this map is the percent increase. Oklahoma at 518% and Wyoming at 49% showed the highest increase percentage.

Due to not having data for any Race Film companies founded during this decade, there is no analysis.


Figure 2a. Population increase map, 1900-1910. 

1910 was the first year of the Great Migration. We see this in the darker colors being more concentrated in the North and in the west, in states like New York, California, and Illinois. Also, the lighter colors are more concentrate in southern states like Missouri, Louisiana and South Carolina.

Figure 2b. Film Company Map, 1910. The colors represent company ownership: red is for African American owned, blue is for white owned, and green is for co-ownership.


Figure 3a. Population Increase map, 1910-1920

The population is beginning to increase more rapidly in the north as the Great Migration continues. Here, Michigan, South Dakota, and Oregon are added to the list of high-volume increase states. The population in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York continues to grow. Additionally, we see a lower increase in population in southern states. Notably, Mississippi and Nevada had a negative population increase, Mississippi losing nearly 6,500 residents and Nevada losing 4,500 residents. The highest increase rate occurred in Arizona at a 63.5% increase.

Figure 3b. Film Company Map, 1913-1920

The film companies founded between 1910 and 1920 reflect the population map. Many companies are established in locations which had a high-volume population increase, such as Michigan, California, Illinois, and New York. Most companies established are African American owned companies as well. Note that more than one company could be represented by a single point due to location similarity; this is the case in California, where two African American owned companies were founded in Los Angeles during this decade.


Figure 4a. Population Increase Map

Between 1920 and 1930 we see more northern states being added to those with a high-volume population increase while the southern states have lower increase rates, however the rate of increase in some of the southern states has grown. Another notable difference is the decrease in population increase in the western states. Notably, Montana had a negative increase rate, and California had the highest rate of increase. 

Figure 4b. Film Company Map, 1921-1927

Again, the establishment of film companies during this decade reflect the population shifts of the Great Migration. We see most film companies being established in the states that experienced a higher population increase. More than four (some hidden behind points in similar locations) were founded on the East Coast near New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Other correlating points include those found in Texas, Illinois, and California.