Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How Rich is Your Representative

According to the Center for Responsive Politics the average net worth of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives is around $8 million. The average net worth of all Americans is $69,000. If you want to find out how much richer your Representative is than you then you can check out Legbranch's interactive map, How Wealthy Are Our Representatives?.

The map uses scaled markers to show the estimated net worth of every member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The size of the marker reflects the Representative's estimated net worth and the color of the marker indicates the party they represent. If you hover over a circle you can view the Representative's name and estimated net worth. The map also includes a handy wealth slider control which allows you to filter the Representatives by a range of net worth. This allows you to quickly filter the map to show the richest or poorest Representatives.

The marker labels uses the Leaflet.label plugin for Leaflet.js. The wealth slider control appears to have been adapted from Ion.RangeSlider.

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