Maps

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.

Mapping Where Jimmy John's Ex-Employees Are Forbidden to Make Sandwiches

It might be simpler to mark where an ex-Jimmy Johnner CAN legally put meat on sub roll.

The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps

How maps created for fire insurers show the evolution of cities.

A Globe-Spanning Accent Map for the Word 'Potato'

Potayto! Puhtato! Portaturggh!

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.

All the Single Ladies Should Move to San Jose or Denver

A new interactive map shows the best and worst cities for women looking to marry men.

This Terrifying Map Depicts Weather Horror in High-Resolution

Detailed map projections, updated quickly, keep the fear factor current.

My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

The first installment of a new series in conversation with mapmakers on the works that most inspire them.

Conservatives May Very Well Not Be Drinking Lattes

In President Barack Obama's 'latte salute' scandal, the nation's coffee preferences are revealed.

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

An App That Solves the Famed 'Traveling Salesman Problem'

What's the shortest route, if you're visiting each city exactly once and then returning to the point of origin?

Where Geniuses Live

A look at the highly mobile lives of MacArthur "Genius Grant" winners.

Mapping the Spread of Housing Inequality Over the Great Recession

A new interactive map shows that households hit hardest by the housing crisis are also now locked out of the recovery.

Um, Here's a Map That Shows Where Americans Use 'Um' vs. 'Uh'

How one linguist used Twitter to map the geography of "filler words."

Singles Now Make Up More Than Half the U.S. Adult Population. Here's Where They All Live

The new geography of our "solo nation."

A Trove of Ancient Maps May Prove the Philippines' Territorial Claims Against China

A collection of maps, some nearly 1,000 years old, disputes China's claim over part of the South China Sea.

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.