How people die in America

Matthew Klein for Bloomberg View explored mortality in America through a slidedeck of charts. The animations in between each slide grows tedious, but the topics covered, going beyond just national mortality rate, are worth browsing. (Although, can someone tell me why the female mortality rate rose between the 1970s and 2000? I know there’s a perfectly valid reason behind the trend, but I can’t remember.)

The data itself is also worth your time, in case you’re looking for a side project. It comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and spans 1968 through 2010.

I can tell you from experience the data query process isn’t the smoothest experience — as much as you can expect from a government site, I guess. That said, the amount of data, with a variety of demographic breakdowns and categorizations, can make for plenty of worthwhile projects. Highly recommended.

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A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

This is an American Workday, By Occupation

I simulated a day for employed Americans to see when and where they work.