Interactive Data Visualization Analysis

The New York Times created at interactive data visualization map of the poverty in America in 2014. The map was covered in various shades of blue, the lightest shade representing a lower number of being below the poverty line to the darkest blue representing a higher number.

The map was 2-in-1. One showed the percentage below the poverty line and the second showed the number of people living in poverty in each state. The map displayed all of the U.S. but it was taken a step further by breaking each state down into each county in that state.

As your computer mouse hovers over each state, each county popped up and had the poverty rate and poor population in that county. The map was nothing short of impressive but it makes me wonder how long it took to retrieve the data.

It is one thing to list the poverty rate and poor population of each state, but to break each state and have that information for every county in each state seems very, very tedious. I give props to the creators of the interactive map because it is interesting to see the poverty rate of each county.

The map was well done and a great example of an interactive data visualization map. Although it is cool to see all of the data, breaking it into counties may have been too much. It is overwhelming and a lot of information to take in versus just having this information broken up by states. It’s a great map and interesting, but breaking it down into individual counties may have been a little too much.

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