Best of FlowingData: November 2009

November was another good month. We passed the 25k-subscriber mark for the first time, which to be honest, kind of freaks me out when I think about it, but at the same time it's of course really cool.

Thanks all for spreading the word, and continuing to tweet, email, and bookmark. A big thanks to those who leave comments on FlowingData too. Your contribution makes this place that much better.

In case you missed them, here are the top posts from November based on a combination of pageviews, comments, and links.

  1. Unemployment, 2004 to Present - The Country is Bleeding
  2. How to Make a US County Thematic Map Using Free Tools
  3. Land Mass and Population by Country
  4. 7 Visualization Groups On Flickr to Find Inspiration
  5. Fictional Character Interactions Over Time
  6. Class Size and SAT Scores By State
  7. A Land Where Men and Women are Paid Equally
  8. Failed Space Missions to Mars
  9. Make Thematic Maps With Cartographer.js
  10. Unemployment Rate For People Like You - NYT Interactive

From the Forums

There's also a lot of good stuff going on in the FlowingData forums. Here are some interesting threads from the past month in no particular order.


19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, …

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …