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#SOTD 82: A striking visual to compare population density

Published about 2 years ago • 1 min read

In many countries, population density varies widely between regions - but the US has some of the starkest differences in this aspect.

How do you show that difference vividly?

You could just put a table like this:

Source: Wikipedia

Or you could use a map:

Source: Wikipedia

But is there a way to show it such that it is visceral? That gets you to appreciate how sparsely populated some US states are?

There is - as shown by Ben Blatt in these maps (highlighted in a tweet by Tim Urban)

Look at the bottom two maps for example. The population in all of the red areas can fit in a New York or LA.

It is a fascinating use of visuals and making numbers relatable to give you a sense of how densely populated some US regions are (and how sparsely populated some other regions are).

#SOTD 82

Ravi

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