Surviving on minimum wage

As most of us know, it’s not easy getting by on minimum wage, and in some places it’s not possible. The New York Times provides a calculator to see how challenging it can be.

A simple visual on the right shows dollars made per year, one box per dollar colored green initially and then red to signal debt. It’s a good way to make the numbers more relatable. Select a state, enter expenses, and watch dollars disappear, and most likely you’ll end up in the red early.

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Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

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.

Life expectancy changes

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

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

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