"Nobody Lives Here": A Beautiful Map Of Uninhabited America

The map above, by Nik Freeman of Mapsbynik, shows the 4.9 million census blocks in the U.S. (out of 11.1 million in total) with a recorded population of zero. It's a pretty gorgeous creation, and it pairs nicely with an older favorite of mine, from the US GSA: » 4/17/14 5:18pm Thursday 5:18pm

Map: Atlanta Has Too Many Waffle Houses

In the mood for extraordinarily cheap, generally tasty breakfast food? The map above—by mapsbynik—shows the density of Waffle Houses across the U.S. circa 2012, with the height of each bar representing the number of locations in each USGS 30x60 quadrangle.* » 4/08/14 1:38pm 4/08/14 1:38pm

Map Porn: Average Date of Year's First Tornado Warning

This map shows the average date that each National Weather Service forecast office issues its first tornado warning every year, based on data from 1986-2013. It's pretty illustrative of how tornado climatology tends to work in the United States. The Deep South sees its first round of severe weather during the winter,… » 4/03/14 3:54pm 4/03/14 3:54pm

Mariners Will Travel 51,540 Miles In 2014, Circle Earth Twice

Over at Baseball Savant, Daren Willman has put together a neat interactive chart that lets you explore how far each team will travel on the road in 2014. The Mariners—who are around 700 miles away from any other baseball team—will travel the farthest total distance at 51,540 miles. That's more than double the… » 3/28/14 2:01pm 3/28/14 2:01pm

Over 1,200 California Wineries On Two Beautiful Maps

Following up their poster of 2,500+ American breweries, Pop Chart Lab has put together two lovely maps featuring 1,200+ California wineries. If you're real hardcore, you can go compare them to some soil maps and impress people with your intimate knowledge of terroir. If you're less hardcore, take a look at them while… » 3/24/14 4:42pm 3/24/14 4:42pm

Map: How Hollywood Has Destroyed America


How many times have you seen New York City destroyed onscreen? Los Angeles? Kansas? For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been disaster movies. The map above shows 189+ such cinematic attacks—using a very broad definition of the "disaster" genre—that have afflicted various parts of the United States.… » 3/19/14 1:58pm 3/19/14 1:58pm

Map: The United States Of America, By Meat

This is fun. L.V. Anderson and Jess Fink of Slate started with a simple observation—Americans consume more meat per person than any other nation on earth (except Luxembourg, those gluttons), yet most of our official state foods are not meat—and have created a map that assigns a unique meat or meat-based dish to each… » 3/11/14 1:46pm 3/11/14 1:46pm

Beyond Bunnies: 14 Other Islands Packed With Your Favorite Animals

If you've spent time on the internet, you've probably heard of Snake Island, Rabbit Island, and Cat Island, all great examples of how the size and isolation of islands can occasionally cause some wacky/horrifying ecosystems to develop. (It helps if said island was home to a secret chemical weapons factory, rendering it … » 2/28/14 10:51am 2/28/14 10:51am

Who's Your State's Distinctive Musical Artist?

Over on his blog Music Machinery, Paul Lamere has taken an interesting look at the geography of American musical tastes, based on zip code data from a quarter million U.S. music listeners who use a variety of streaming services (online music listeners might not be a perfectly representative sample, but still). By… » 2/25/14 5:19pm 2/25/14 5:19pm

What Olympic Sport Is Your Country Most Excited About?

The data people over at Facebook have put together the map above—based on Facebook mentions—showing which Olympic sports different countries are talking about the most. Data are through the 13th; click here for a much larger version. There are tons of interesting tidbits in here, with usual caveats about sample size… » 2/14/14 5:59pm 2/14/14 5:59pm

Beautiful Maps Reveal Where People Run In 22 Major Cities

Over on FlowingData, Nathan Yau pulled public data from the tracking site RunKeeper.com to map out the common running routes of twenty major cities. The results are neat to look at, but it's also interesting to see the park systems, waterways, and urban grids of these cities come to come life. » 2/05/14 2:17pm 2/05/14 2:17pm