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.
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.