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

interactive us map minimum wage laws in the states

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.

us heat map number of hours at minimum wage needed to afford rent

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.

Interactive New Jersey Map: Resident’s Ancestral Roots

This interactive New Jersey map is created based on data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, averaged for the years 2008-2012, and shows the most common ancestry by municipality. According to the map, over 40% of population is originated from Italy, Ireland, and Germany, and only Peapack and Gladstone borough’s dominant ancestry are Americans.

Interactive New Jersey Map Resident's Ancestral Roots

According to the Census, there are around 1.5 million of New Jerseyans are of Italian heritage, 1.3 million are of Irish heritage, and more than 1 million are of German heritage. Different counties have various dominant ancestries, which the countries have been highlighted and grouped on the map that map users can check for the map legend for indication.

There are both mouseover and mouse click events for each county that map users can see detailed statistic by clicking the region.

Mapping Skills
Similar custom maps could be easily created in following steps:

  1. highlight regions by categories
  2. create map legend for color indication
  3. insert infobox for each region by importing data file

Here is a sample map for reference use:
interactive us map

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.

Interactive Map Shows How Boston Startups are Similar to Silicon Valley

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The following interactive map of Boston startups may be surprised you that it reveals Boston is resembling the tech scene in Silicon Valley.

interactive boston map techscene

This interactive Boston Techscene map is created by Jay Batson, based information from Crunchbase, for visualizing the density of Boston startups in greater Boston area. According to this map, it unveils more than 600 startups have raised abount $4.8 billion, and created abount 14,500 jobs in a decade.

You can now find job postings or find press releases about startups using the map by selecting the points on the map or in the marker list.

Map Reviews: 3.5/5 Stars
We like this map, includes the map theme, the usages, the map color settings, and present of the marker list. However, it would be better if there is clustering feature, and improved performance for the filtering function.

Since there are over 600 points on the map, it would be better present those points with clustering, which is a way to group markers on the map based on factors, such as proximity or map data that makes the map leaner and cleaner without flooding with overlapping markers. You can get more idea about clustering in the following video:

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.

heat map us gender pay gap

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.

US Map of the Least Popular Musicians By State

This morning, we have just posted a U.S. map about the most popular musicians by state on our Twitter, and we find another map about the least popular one today.

us map the least popular musician by state


Don’t be surprised by seeing “Buckcherry” on every state as the result is based on the experiment by Daniel Hill that the detailed story can be seen HERE.

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.

heat map how polar vortex froze us

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

 

US Map: States Renamed for Countries with Similar GDPs

Recently, we have shared various interesting & hilarious U.S. maps about new states’ names in our twitter and pinterested.




Here we have found another U.S. map about renaming states names to other countries with similar GDPs.

us map states renamed for countries with simkilar GDPs

The map is created using data in 2012. In 2012, California, the largest state economy in U.S., was the 9th largest economy in the world, which was just slightly below Italy’s GDP in the same year. So you can see that California is renamed as “Italy” in this map. Furthermore, Texas is renamed as “Australia”, which is the world’s 13th largest country by GDP.

You can check out the map to see which country produced similar GDP as your state in 2012.

Here is a similar map using data in 2007 that you may compare the differences between two maps.

us map states renamed for countries with similar GDPs 2007

Please note that economy atmosphere in both the U.S. and the globe were different in 2007 & 2012 that we could not simply comment if the economy in specific state was good or bad just based on the map as further study and comparison are needed.

Feel free to share your views toward these maps or tell us if you have amazed by the maps.

Interactive US Map: Onshore Wind Turbines

Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle joined the U.S. Geological Survey to release an interactive Wind Turbines Map on February 11, responses to the President’s Climate Action Plan, that shows more than 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations.

According to the saying from Secretary, the map is used to improve the siting of future wind energy projects as well as aid land managers in devising more up-to-date land-use and multiple-use plans.

In the map, we can see basic information of each site in mouse click infobox. There is a zooming icon inside the infobox that map users can zoom in to the map for specific site in a second.

interactive us map wind farm