Maps

Mapping Global Water Stress

An online tool visualizes various unpleasant water-scarce scenarios.

30 Minutes on Mass Transit in 20 World Cities

Visualize how far you can get on public transportation in the time you have.

New York City: The Nation's Second Leading Tech Hub

In the last few years, New York has risen to prominence in the world of tech start-ups.

Why Manufacturing Still Matters in Cities

A new report shows that 80 percent of manufacturing jobs are located in metropolitan areas.

The Top U.S. Cities for New Home Construction

Where construction markets are picking up again.

Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

A new report uses reams of data to design a better transportation system.

The Most (and Least) Peaceful Places in America

A new report tracks violence and incarceration rates across America's states and metros.

Which Cities Tend to Be the Greenest? The Answer May Surprise You

Some metropolitan areas emit much more CO2 than others.

Judgmental Map of the Day: 7 Deadly Sins Across America

Geographers figured out which U.S. counties are the most greedy, gluttonous and slothful.

U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in These States

Teen births follow the same fault lines of religion, politics, and class that divide Americans. 

Where the Heavy Metal Bands Are

Why do most heavy metal bands hail from Scandinavia and Northern Europe?

America's Most Important Airport Cities

Airports are a central component in urban and regional economic development.

The End of Sprawl?

U.S. census data released today shows a decline in exurban populations.

Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.

The Spiky World of Innovation

Metro areas generate 93 percent of the world’s patented inventions.

Which Metros Are Recovering Fastest

The economic recovery remains uneven according to a Brookings Metro Monitor report released today.

An Online Map You'll Actually Want to Look At

A cartography design studio creates unique map skins for a more aesthetically pleasing online experience. 

A Fantasy Transit Map for San Francisco

A chat with the cartographer who dreamed up this latest entry into the aspirational transit future genre.

Where to Buy and Where to Rent Now

In most of America's top metros, buying may well be the better financial decision. But is the next bubble inevitable?