“What the Census Tells Us About America Today”

“Four states are majority-minority: Hawaii, New Mexico, California and Texas. In contrast, Maine, Vermont and West Virginia are the least diverse states.”


America is changing rapidly. The country is older, more diverse and more likely to be multiracial. New Census data show what statistics will make up the current and future America. The Census has predicted that by 2044, more than half of Americans will belong to a minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic, whites).

Read more at: www.usnews.com

“The Partisan Divide in Gun Legislation”


Since 2015, members of Congress have proposed 100 civilian-focused gun bills, 56 aimed at increasing gun control and 44 that attempted to expand or protect Second Amendment rights. None have passed both houses. [ Here’s what lawmakers talked about in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting] Below are the 503 lawmakers, 94 percent of Congress, who sponsored or co-sponsored gun legislation this session.

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NFL Geography: Where Were Professional Football Players Born?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, Sports

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Are states proportionally represented on the historical list of National Football League players? That’s the question I had four years ago when I posted two simple state-by-state maps summarizing players’ birth places.

That post has been surprisingly popular, so I decided to remix the visualization a bit — replacing the old choropleth maps with tile grids.

Photo credit: Petr Kratochvil

How Much Differently Do Men and Women Drink Alcohol — By Country

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, Uncategorized

A few months ago, I wrote about the novelty of a McDonald’s selling beer at one of its restaurants in South Korea — a first for the fast-food giant in Asia.

The story wouldn’t have been complete, of course, without the context of South Korea’s raging alcohol consumption. People who drink here do so more heavily than their counterparts in most countries around the world, especially when compared to fellow rich nations, according to a survey by the World Health Organization.

The country-by-country comparisons from that story are plotted below.

“Communicating with Data – Timelines”

“I did not draw this graphic by hand. And yet it is not a chart type offered very often by today’s software chart wizards. It was produced using d3.js…”


Anyone faced with a design challenge will recognise “the feeling” – something is not quite right, yet it is difficult to put your finger on the problem. Here is an example from a story recently featured in the FT…

Read more at: www.ft.com

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Editing O.J. Simpson: Charting Changes to His Wikipedia Page

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Crime, News, Sports

I’ve just finished watching ESPN’s fabulous O.J.: Made in America, a five-part documentary about the Hall of Fame football player.

Somewhere in the process of digesting this latest — and, perhaps, best — telling of O.J.’s story, I scoured Wikipedia for details about his life. I discovered that the page has been edited more than 4,000 times since it went up in 2003, back when Wikipedia user “Vera Cruz” posted the first biographical snippet.

Since then, users have slowly edited — and vandalized — the current bio’s 5,000 words, a process I’ve charted below.

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Charting U.K. Immigration by Country

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, News

Outsiders, like me, who are trying to understand how much immigration is driving the “Brexit” debate about the European Union might consider this fact: Britons are much more likely today to encounter people born in another country — both inside and outside Europe — than they were a decade ago.

In 2014, about 1 in 8 people residents were born outside the U.K. — up from about 1 in 11 a decade earlier, according to government statistics.

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How Immigration is Animating the ‘Brexit’ Vote, in Four Charts

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, News, Policy & Politics

Immigration to the United Kingdom has risen sharply in recent years, and it’s fueling the debate about Britain’s looming “Brexit” vote on whether to leave the European Union.

Many supporters advocating a “leave” vote on June 23 believe it’s best the best way to control Britain’s borders, which under E.U. rules have been opened to workers from other member nations.

The Brussels-based union has in recent years expanded to Eastern European nations, and residents from the those countries have flooded the U.K., population 64 million, newly released data shows. That’s stoked fears that the its traditions and values are changing. Others say the influx of outside residents keeps Britain’s economy relatively strong.

The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics tracks the ebb and flow of people each year. I’ve charted the figures ahead of the vote.

“Charted: How China Turned the Global Steel Industry Upside Down”


As officials from China and the US meet this week, they’re scheduled to talk about everything from the US Federal Reserve’s decision-making process to the disputed South China Sea. But China’s “excess capacity” problem is top of the agenda. US treasury secretary Jack Lew called the problem “distorting” and “damaging” in remarks in Beijing on…

Read more at: qz.com