One Day in the Life of the Average American

Jobs by Happiness from Time MagazineTime Magazine’s multimedia section has a fun, little piece showing some statistics for a day in the life of the average American. There’s some mapping for average commute time, annual traffic delays, and city population shifts. I’m not a huge fan of the map on the third dimension, but oh well.

There’s also a simple grid ranking jobs by level of happiness. Priests are apparently the happiest with gas station attendants at the very bottom. Poor gas station attendants. I guess I might classify myself as a computer programmer which is somewhere in between waiters and dress makers. Maybe I should consider a change in focus. Although, I could also consider myself an engineer which is towards the top of the rankings. Alright, I’m an engineer. The title of “computer programmer” has a weird stigma attached to it anyways.

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Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.