Pew Research Center

A State-by-State Map of Where Immigrants Came From

The new Pew interactive covers 1850 to 2013.

Welikia Project

Explore the Lush, Overgrown Ecology of 1600s Manhattan

Search block-by-block for the animals, plants, and Native Americans who occupied the island before European settlement.

U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Mapping America's Unprecedented Vulnerability to Wildfires

The U.S. forest service has plotted where human development comes dangerously close to nature.

Youth Radio/West Side Stories

A Youth-Driven Interactive Map of Rapidly Changing West Oakland

West Side Stories is a primer for newcomers and a forum for longtime residents.

Ian Reynolds

This MIT Student Built a Real-Time MBTA Map for His Wall

Some frat brothers opt for Scarface posters. Ian Reynolds just wants to watch the trains arrive.


A Joyously Dorky Guide to America's Energy Infrastructure

Explore nuclear and wind facilities, the movement of petroleum, and steamy geothermal fields in this mapping tool.

University of Otago, NOAA

Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps

An interview with John Hessler, a cartography expert at the Library of Congress and one of the people behind the new book, Map: Exploring The World.


Comparing Bay Area Housing Prices to the World's Most Gorgeous Places

For what it costs to live in San Francisco, you might as well relocate to an unbelievably stunning Mediterranean island.


Mapping the Nation's Failing Voting Machines

A new report shows that thousands of U.S. voting systems are old and malfunctioning, which could spell disaster for the upcoming presidential elections.

Pew Research Center

Where America's Poverty Has Shifted

Rural-to-urban population moves have changed the landscape of the poor in the last 50 years.

LSE Cities

Mapping the 'Urban Fingerprints' of Cities

Each city’s unique layout pattern has an effect on its successes and failures.

MIT/Amy Glasmeier

Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living

There’s no county in America where a minimum wage earner can support a family.


Mapping the Average Hottest Day in America

With scorching temperatures on both coasts, parts of America are suffering through a late-season heat wave.


A Map That Counts All the Trees in the World

A new study says Earth is home to 3.04 trillion trees, more than seven times the previous estimate.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

How San Francisco Got Its New Rider-Friendly Transit Map

The design uses weighted lines to show which buses come more often than others.

Kyle Walker, Texas Christian University

A Colorful Dot Map of America's Immigrants

How international is your city?

Jim Bowie /

Scrambling for High Ground in FEMA Flood Map Disputes

A complex cartographic process that affects flood insurance rates has stirred pushback in places like New York City and New Orleans.

S. M. Usman et al.

Hunt for Nuclear Reactors in the First Global Antineutrino Map

The tiniest particles known to science are rocketing out of the earth and our energy facilities.


This Crazy-Detailed London Map Took 10 Years to Draw

The artist Fuller loaded the city with historical details, cryptic symbols, and his own memories.

University of California-Berkeley Urban Displacement Project

Mapping Gentrification and Displacement in San Francisco

The Urban Displacement Project tracks four stages of neighborhood transformation in the Bay Area.