Maps

Where's the Real 'Next Silicon Valley'?

A new report digs into the metrics of America’s emerging tech hubs, and finds some surprises.

Mapping the Blurred Lines of Beirut’s Languages

The polyglot city boasts a crazy combination of tongues. Researchers are trying to untangle them.

A Soviet map of London, labeled in Russian.

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.

A man walks his bicycle beside a train in Paris.

Breaking Down the Many Ways Europe's City-Dwellers Get to Work

One chart shows which cities do best when it comes to biking, walking, or taking public transit to work.

Google Maps' Failed Attempt to Encourage Active Commutes

Not everyone wants to be reminded of calories when trying to get directions.

Mapping Where Europe's Population Is Moving, Aging, and Finding Work

Younger people are fleeing rural areas, migrating northward, and having fewer children. Here’s how that’s changing the region.

America's Most and Least Distressed Cities

A new analysis puts data to the sentiment that there’s increasing inequality between cities.

How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration Patterns

A new book maps how animals navigate a world heavily altered by urban development and climate change.

How Houston homeownership rates overlap with Harvey-induced floods.

Mapping Harvey's Impact on Houston's Homeowners

The Urban Institute visualizes the havoc wreaked by the storm on first-time, minority homeowners.

A wheelchair user is pictured in front of protest signs about accessibility.

Google Gets Serious About Mapping Wheelchair Accessibility

The tech giant is tapping into its global army of users to make its Maps app more useful for people with disabilities.

Mapping the Ebb and Flow of Transit Around the World

Who knew transit timetables could be so zen?

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This Map Wants You to Stereotype Your City

Hoodmaps asks which neighborhoods attract hipsters, tourists, and students, and more.

Snap Map is pictured on a phone.

Snapchat's Foray Into the Future of Maps

The app’s newest feature combines two major trends in modern cartography: mapping life in real time, and mapping subjective, emotional information.

U.S. Transportation Funding Is Not Created Equal

Some states shoulder the lion’s share of state and local road costs; others lean on Uncle Sam.

Where the Dogs Are in New York

One former dog-walker has set out to map the city’s varying degrees of doggy density.

Artificial intelligence can learn to read satellite imagery and predict income levels.

A Mapping Machine Identifies Wealth From Space

The outward signs of income are so predictable that even robots can learn them.

Modest two-bedroom apartments are unaffordable to full-time minimum wage workers in every U.S. county.

Rent Is Affordable to Low-Wage Workers in Exactly 12 U.S. Counties

America’s mismatch between wages and rental prices is more perverse than ever.

A Fantasy Subway Map of Ancient Roman Roads

If the Roman Empire had managed build a continents-spanning transit system for its empire, it might have looked like this.

Stamen Labs

Beneath a Bustling University Campus, a Big Cable Is Listening

To spark conversation on ever-more connected cities, designers have visualized the acoustic artifacts of Stanford’s fiber-optic wires.

A map of Washington, D.C., divided up in sections by amateur mapmaker John P. Wymer.

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

Statistician John P. Wymer set out to document every inch of the city in 1948. Now a young historian is trying to get his work online.

Handguns are seen for sale in a display case.

Mapping America's Gun Laws, State By State

As more laws are enacted to protect the gun industry, a new public database reveals striking differences in how guns are regulated across the U.S.