Monday, July 27, 2015

Everybody's Gone Dot Map Crazy

Where the Renters Are is a dot map visualizing where renters and owner occupiers live in the United States.

Zoom-in on a city on the map and you can get a great overview of which areas are dominated by owner occupiers and which areas are dominated by renters. In most cites the general pattern appears to be that city centers are dominated by renters and the suburbs by owner occupiers.

Where the Renters Are also wins the prize for being the first map I've seen to use Mapbox GL's new perspective view. Click on the 'tilt' button and you can view the map from an oblique view.

If you like dot maps then you should also have a look at Where are the Jobs. Where Are the Jobs uses data from the 2010 census to map every job in the USA. Each dot on the map represents one job.

The dots are colored on the map by four different industries and sectors. The colors reveal some interesting patterns in the spatial distribution of jobs and types of jobs. Zoom in on a city on the map and you can not only see where jobs are concentrated but where the different sectors are located in the city.

The Where Are the Jobs map was inspired by Cooper Center's Racial Dot Map. The Racial Dot Map uses a similar methodology to map every person in the United States.

The map uses data from the 2010 US census, with each of the 308,745,538 dots on the map representing the location of one American. The Cooper Center's dot map however goes beyond being just a visualization of geographic distribution as it also visualizes the distribution of race and ethnicity in the United States.
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