A Global Geography of Peace (and Violence)

Will rapid urbanization in developing nations make their cities more violent?


An Incredibly Detailed Map of Europe's Population Shifts

The map provides a level of detail previously unavailable. It is the first ever to collect data published by all of Europe’s municipalities.

Urban Institute

Every Single County in America Is Facing an Affordable Housing Crisis

A new report reveals that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty.

Flickr/PT Money

Mapping Where American Workers Spend the Most on Housing

It would take service workers in San Jose 20 years to save up for a home.

Nathan Yau/FlowingData

A 19th Century-Style Atlas, Made With New Census Data

The traditional style of these maps and graphs engage the eye in a way most contemporary visualizations don’t.

Kiulia et al.

Thank You, Science, for This Map of Fecal Viruses

Developing nations have problems with sewage in the water—but so do L.A. and New Jersey.

Measure of America

Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth

A new report finds that more than one in eight of the nation’s young people are neither employed nor in school.

Jim Vallandingham

In These Powerful Maps, Cities Fracture Along Racial Lines

An ongoing project visualizes segregation data in urban areas.

The Straightest Roads in the World Are in Midwest America

One man’s attempt at mapping the “bendyness” of the planet’s pavement.

Doug Smith and Jon Schleuss/Los Angeles Times

Mapping the Surge in L.A.'s Homelessness Epidemic

Across L.A. County, more people are living on the streets today than in recent years.

Max Galka/Metrocosm

Why Is Illinois a Hotbed of UFO Sightings?

Is it because of O’Hare? Asian lanterns? Hallucinations due to overripe Chicago hotdogs?

Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella, Luca Maria Aiello, Kate McLean; designed by Rossano Schifanella

Mapping Your City's Smells

Data scientists at the University of Cambridge explore how urban odors can guide better city design.

Transport for London

The New London Tube Map Is Getting Some Serious Hate

The folks at CityMetric, at least, are far from pleased.

Jerry Gretzinger

An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping

Jerry Gretzinger has been working on his 1,500-square-foot map for much of his life.


A Gorgeous Visualization of Future Wind Patterns

Will it be still as a crypt tomorrow or gusty as a typhoon?

Hecht Kleeger & Damashek

The Ultimate Map of New York's Mean Streets

A new visualization, based on NYPD numbers, shows just how hazardous the city is for pedestrians.

Randy Olson

Reddit, Mapped

A data scientist visualizes the sprawling site so you can find that weird, niche-interest group you never even knew to look for.


The Age of Every Building in Los Angeles, Mapped

A fascinating resource for lovers of city planning, made possible by open data.

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State

The figures highlight the mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs.