Data Underload

People worry about data overload. I say fooey. Maybe we just need to look at it differently.

  • When Americans Go to Work

    Interactive: When Do Americans Leave For Work?

    We don't all start our work days at the same time, despite what morning rush hour might have you think.

  • Mimal

    State Rorschach

    Stare at boundary lines long enough, and you'll start to see weird things too.

  • How Americans Get to Work

    Interactive: How Americans Get to Work

    The way that people get around can say a lot about how a place is made up. Here's an interactive map that shows how people get to work in America.

  • Marriage Status

    Relationship Status Geography

    Some places attract young singles, whereas others attract married couples and families. I was curious how this varied across the country, so I mapped it.

  • How they are related

    Chart of Cousins

    For every family get-together I go to, it seems there are more kids running around. I know that they are related to me somehow, but what do I call them? Maybe this chart will help next time.

  • Chart-topping songs

    Chart-Topping Songs as Graphs and Diagrams

    Dreams, hope, and most importantly, love, mixed with some parties and dranking.

  • Nearest casino

    Looking For the Closest Casino

    Casinos are everywhere. This interactive map tells you how close the nearest one is in sampled areas of the United States.

  • Salaries by Industry

    Where People Work and How Much They Make

    Salaries for occupations with the same job title can vary across industries. This interactive shows you by how much and who works where.

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    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.

  • Jobs in America

    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.

  • Nearest Burger

    Burger Place Geography

    After looking at pizza places, coffee, and grocery stores, I had to look at burger chains across the country. The data was just sitting there.

  • Bars Versus Grocery Stores

    Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

    A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.

  • Pride and joy of the Yau household

    The Change My Son Brought, Seen Through Personal Data

    I combed through personal data that I've actively and passively collected since early graduate school to see how life is different now with a 6-month old.

  • Coffee place geography

    Coffee Place Geography

    My fascination with the geography of place and businesses continues.

  • Where people run

    Where People Run in Major Cities

    There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, time, elevation, and location from your phone, and millions of…

  • AFI movie quotes

    Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

    In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute selected the 100 most memorable quotes from American cinema, and a few years ago, for kicks and giggles, I put…

  • Outlier names

    The Most Regional Names in US History

    It was a challenge to choose a name for my son, someone who wasn’t born yet, because I didn’t know where to start amongst hundreds of thousands of choices. So…

  • Pizza place geography

    Pizza Place Geography

    Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, but I usually order from whatever place is closest to…

  • Most unisex names

    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 always been predominantly male, such as Frank and Joseph, and…

  • Most popular porn searches, by state

    Most popular porn searches, by state

    We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national stereotypes, and even the insecurities of age. Do we see…

  • In search of food deserts

    In search of food deserts

    Last time I looked at where major grocery stores are across the United States. Where you shop for groceries changes depending on what region you live in, but hunger and…

  • The Doctors

    Doctor timeline for Doctor Who

    I have yet to see a full episode of Doctor Who, “the longest-running science fiction television show in the world” but it was apparently really big news that Peter Capaldi…

  • Most trendy names

    The Most Trendy Names in US History

    Names are incredibly personal things. It’s how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you recall a family member, a celebrity, or…

  • Where the grocery stores are

    Grocery store geography

    I’ve been poking around grocery store locations, courtesy of AggData, the past few days. There’s a grocery store just about everywhere you go in the United States, because, well, we…

  • Speed-Dating

    What the Sexes Want, in Speed Dating

    A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al. (2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people. On each date, people…

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    The real A/C repair schedule

    My central air conditioner started to suck about a month ago, so I called A/C repair. It took them five appointments, four to assess the problem and one to fix…

  • Suck on that, Conway.

    What 3-D pie charts are good for

    3-D pie charts are never a good idea? Ha. You just got served.…

  • cutting-cable

    Why I Want to Quit Cable

    There are good reasons to cancel cable, but there were a few channels and programs that kept me on. When you look at it in dollars though, it's hard to justify the value for the cost.

  • Paying-More-for-Stuff625

    What costs more in 2011?

    After seeing this article and graphic on the rising cost of food in The New York Times week in review, I was curious about how prices for other stuff has…

  • Life Expectancy and Retirement Years

    Who spends the most years in retirement?

    Early retirement. That’s what most people want, unless you’re lucky enough to love working. When you have the luxury of retiring early though, why not take advantage? According to OECD…