World Heat Map: South Korea is the Country with the Largest Gender Pay Gap

In the past, we have shared maps about gender pay gap in the United States and in New Jersey, and today let’s us see the whole picture of the world.

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This world map highlights the percentage pay gap between men and women around the world that there is no country where women earn more than their male counterparts, on average. Surprisingly, South Korea is the country with highest gender pay gap percentage (37.5%) in the world, and Russia places second (32.1%) in this map.

However, this map is not comprehensive enough as data was not available for many countries (especially those in Africa)

Related Article: Interactive Heat Map – Gender Inequality in the World

U.S. Map: Minimum Wage Laws in the States

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This interactive U.S. map groups states with various minimum wage laws in different colors, updated on January 1, 2014. You can mouse click the region for details.

Map Reviews: 3/5 Stars
Here are some suggestions for improving the map:

  • directly insert the details in the popup box
  • enable group highlight or create category legend for filtering

 

Recently, we found a U.S. heat map related to the minimum wage laws for showing how much hours we have to work for affording rent on minimum wage.

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According to the newly released report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, minimum-wage employees have to work on average 2.6 full-time jobs to afford a decent two bedroom apartment in the USA without paying more than 30% of their income.

However, people in Hawaii (174 hours), Maryland (138 hours), and Washing D.C. (137 hours) have to work for more hours in order to afford the rent when compare to other states, even the states have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage.

The above two maps show higher minimum wage doesn’t translate into housing affordability.

How to create similar heat map for presentation use?
It is very common that we create heat map for statics report with some map features (e.g . popup boxes, group highlight, map legend, labels). By utilizing some mapping software, we could easily import data file and create the maps with few clicks. Here is a video tutorial of creating heat map & bubble chart.

Interesting Heat Map Shows How Popular Your Name Is Across the United States Over the Past Century

We just found an interesting heat map that you could check the popularity of your (or your family and friend’s) name(s) across the U.S. in the past 100 years. Simply enter your name in the search box, select the gender, and then wait for the GIF heat map tells you the answer. interactive us heat map popular baby names

You could see the heat map about popularity of your name from 1910 to 2012, and detailed statistics can be found in mouseover box of each state.

Map Reviews: 3.5/5 Stars
This map is interesting for us to search how popular our names are in the past century. However, a timeline is omitted that we would not select specific period as the heat map is some kind of a GIF image. As there are so many regions in the heat map, it is impossible for me to mouseover all the boxes within one second for detailed information, therefore, I have to refresh the map and wait for the specific year again. It sounds a bit silly.
This heat map will be better if a timeline or a pause button is enabled.

Map: US Gender Pay Gap

We all know that there is gender pay gap that women get less salary than men on average, and we have shared an interactive Google Maps about this phenomenon in New Jersey before. Here we have found another U.S. for showing a wider picture of this issue.

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According to the above chart and map, we can see that women make 77 cents for every $1 earned by men in average, and women in Washington, D.C., Marland, Nevada, and Vermont can even earn more than 84 cents for every $1 the men make. However, the gender pay gap still exists, that happens in every county, and even female employees working in the White House make less dollar than men.

So you think the gender pay gap is an issue that has to be solved? Share your views with us.

Map Reviews: 3.5/5 Stars
This heat map is not user friendly to read as the color setting is a bit complicated. We would suggest using continuous color rather than the current discrete range color since the former can better present the differences of data values in various counties.

Heat Map Shows How Polar Vortex Froze over U.S. this Winter

This winter, U.S. is frozen by the polar vortex that seriously affects the daily life of Americans (e.g. flight cancellations and delays, school closed, massive traffic delays). Here is a heat map shows how the U.S. being frozen due to the dipping of Arctic winds.

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From the above image released by NASA, we can see arctic winds dipped south that causes cold condition across the Midwest, East Coast, and South, and some places temperatures were 40 degrees Fahrenheit colder than average.

Related Articles:
Interactive U.S. Map: Snowfall Report
Heat Map: Serious Drought in California

 

Interactive World Map: NSA Interception

Last year, Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents that remind us the insecure of our privacy. Here is an interactive world map, taking reference from the Snowden reports on surveillance by NSA, shows which countries are being intercepted by the spy services from the Western World (Five Eyes group – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

The map is created by Sniffmap, which has run random tests on international internet traffic originating from a country for checking how many routes are intercepted by Five Eyes.

The concept of this map is checking if an internet route between two IP addresses would pass by an NSA controlled country. If yes, the route will be considered as intercepted that you can see around 80% of the routes are captured by Five Eyes in the map.

Limitations of the map:
Sniffmap admits that the map fails to take account data captured by non-Five Eyes countries.
The map depends on geographic IP to determine location of routers, which is not 100% accurate.
This map is lacking most of the data from African countries that you could improve it by contributing traceroute results.

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Interactive US Map: The Most “Pleasant” Days in a Year

Have you ever counted how many pleasant days or sunny days you can enjoy in the U.S. per year? Here is an interactive map that presents the analysed result for your reference, and it is unsurprising that South California is the best state to enjoy pleasant days.

This interactive map is created by Kelly Norton, a designer and software engineer in Atlanta, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the past 23 years. According to the criteria of Norton, a “pleasant” day should be:

  • mean temperature between (55° F and 75° F)
  • temperature between 45-85 ° F
  • no significant precipitation or snow depth

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According to the map, the top five pleasant places in America are Los Angeles, San Diego, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and San Francisco, which are all in California that residents there can enjoy over 150 pleasant days per year. Conversely, residents in MC Allister, Northeast of Reno, Clancy, and Douglas can only enjoy around 15 pleasant days per year.

Please note that the criteria of Norton is subjective and based on his own experience. Let’s check out the map and see if you agree with him or not.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map presents an interesting survey result on a neat and simple interface that all cities are being represented by circles, and further information with a bar chart can be found in the mouseover box.
The map is user-friendly enough with a search box for searching places using zip code, though it will be better if it also support searching by addresses.
There is also a little suggestion for the map that a key legend can be created for indicating the circles’ colors as darker blue represents city with more pleasant days while lighter blue represents fewer pleasant days.
Overall the map is interesting and quite informative, though not very objective, with nice design. More similar maps can be created using custom images by utilizing some image editors.

Interactive Heat Map: Gender Inequality in the World

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Here is an interactive heat map showing gender inequality across the world based on each country’s Gender Inequality Index (GII), which according to the number of factors (e.g. maternal mortality rate, the number of seats women hold in government bodies, the labor force participation rate). The lower the GII number, the better gender equality in the country.

According to the map, we can see that gender equality in European countries are higher than countries in other areas as all the top ten are European countries, while the top three are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. We may be surprised that the U.S. ranks while Canada and U.K. ranks 18 and 34 respectively.

Women in Yemen, Afghanistan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Congo are living in the least gender equal society.

Map users can mouseover the countries to see the actual GII in the tooltips and see if you agree with the map. GII is just an index for giving us basic concept about the gender equality in various countries while realistic situation can be various depends on regions (rural areas and cities), how the media treats women, women status in family (e.g. role in parenting and marriage).

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This heat map is simple and net enough for showing the GII report with tooltips however, this map can be more informative by providing detailed information for specific countries (e.g. external links to related news, videos, background information of the country).

Heat Map: Most Popular Countries in the World

If you are planning a trip and wondering where to go in the coming Spring break, you may take the following heat map as reference to see which countries are the most popular.

world heat map the most popular countries in the world

The heat map, create by MoveHub, shows France is the most popular country for visiting with 81,400,000 visits each year, and the U.S. and China place 2nd and 3rd.

Last year, we have created an interactive heat map for the same topic that shows the 10 most visited countries in 2012. Comparing two maps, rankings of the top 5 countries are the same. You could now compare the two maps and see if you agree with the results:

Last year, we have also shared and created maps about the countries that are most welcoming to foreigners, and you can check the details HERE.

Interactive Chicago Commute Mode Map

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Few months ago, we have shared an interactive commute map in Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York regions, and now we find another commute map for Chicago. This map shows various transportation mode people use for commute in each Chicago’s neighborhood.

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The map is created by Shaun Jacobsen, a writer of the Transitized blog and a freelances of Streetblog, last week for showing the primary commute mode foe each census tract using data from 2008-2012, and also displays how many households do not own a car that map users may be surprised by the fact that there is amount of households in Chicago don’t own a car.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map provides rich-information for various commute mode with detailed statistic. However, the category legend for selecting heat map layer of individual commute mode is hidden that map users may find difficult to figure it out. Category legend and map legends are always playing important role in indication that it should be displayed in the default map view.