Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Where Women Work

The percentage of women working in the United States has fallen since the turn of the century. The New York Times has mapped the percentage of women (between the ages of 25 and 54) who are currently working in each census tract.

Each census tract on the map is colored to show where the percentage of women working is above or below the average. You can click on each tract itself to view the actual percentage of women working in the neighborhood.

The Where Working Women Are Most Common map includes some quick links to zoom in on major cites. The article beneath the map also looks at some of the interesting locations revealed by the map, exploring some of the social and economic issues around areas where there are higher or lower percentages of women in the workforce.

The map itself uses an Albers Equal-Area Conic projection. In a post on Gregor Aisch explains the reason for choosing this projection and the tools used in creating the map tiles for this visualization.

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