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.

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?

Screenshots from Hoodmaps are pictured.

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.

Lynch's map of the NYC subway is geographically accurate.

What a Geographically Accurate New York City Subway Map Looks Like

One cartographer has done the heavy lifting, and rail fans are pumped.

Mapping the Diversity of the Creative Class

Racial and ethnic diversity spurs economic progress; sameness spells economic segregation.

Amazing City Maps That Look Like They're Made of Wood

A San Francisco mapmaker’s work appears so real you can smell the varnish.

Visualizing Entrepreneurial Networks Via Twitter

To identify business connections across cities, researchers gathered tweets and retweets using the hashtags #smallbiz and #entrepreneur.

Residential redevelopment is rapidly felling trees across L.A. County.

McMansions Are Killing L.A.'s Urban Forest

The compact suburban bungalows of the 1950s were actually pretty tree-friendly by comparison.

Esri Map of Nighttime Lights

Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

In four short years, urbanization, economics, and war have changed a satellite’s view of the Earth at night.