“100 Years of Hurricanes in Florida, Visualized”

Florida knows hurricanes, it just hasn’t met many lately. The state has withstood more direct hurricane strikes than any other state, and it is often grazed by storms that end up making landfall elsewhere. However, until Hermine made landfall in September, Florida had gone more than a decade without a direct hit from a major storm.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com


How Far Above (Or Below) .500 Did Each MLB Team Finish This Season?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Sports

I live in South Korea, where it isn’t always easy to watch American baseball (unless you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Texas Rangers). So I’m catching up with data.

“This Map Shows the Explosive Growth of Underwater Cables that Power the Global Internet”

Despite decades of growth, demand for more and faster internet connections continues to skyrocket. According to Cisco, by the end of this year total internet bandwidth will exceed a zettabyte. (A one with 21 zeroes behind it.) That’s enough bandwidth to stream approximately 143 billion hours of Netflix video at Ultra HD quality.

Read more at: qz.com


New Poverty Data Show Improving Economic Conditions in States

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Economy & Finance

Economic conditions continue to improve in America’s states, with many showing significant declines in their poverty rates, according to new survey data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau.

About 14.7 percent of the American population had incomes last year that were below their respective poverty levels, which vary depending on household size — a significant decline from 2014.

“Watch How Fast the World Became Obese”

New to me. Interesting. Would like to see the data outside the context of a map, though.

Over the last 40 years, obesity rates around the world have ballooned. The average adult today is 3x as likely to be obese compared to the average adult in 1975. This map shows how it happened, country-by-country. The color of each county represents its adult obesity rate in the year shown.

Read more at: metrocosm.com


Charting American Birthdays: Yours Probably Isn’t That Special

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

Last week I published a new heatmap exploring the popularity of American birthdays. The chart, which uses darker shades to represent higher average birth counts on specific days, can give the impression that some birthdays are much more common than others.

In reality, outside of some special occasions, namely major holidays, there isn’t a huge amount of diversity in the data set, which has two decades of births aggregated by day. Most birthdays, including my own, are fairly average — especially in the first six months of the year. For example: