Voter Turnout in the 2017 Alabama Senatorial Election

Dec 15, 2017
Chart of voter turnout in Alabama

The chart above shows the percentage of people that voted in each county and the party that won each county.  The Democrats won the counties where people went to the polls in droves while the Republicans won the counties where most people stayed home.

Cartogram of the 2017 Alabama Special Senatorial Race

Dec 14, 2017
Cartogram map of 2017 Alabama Senate race

The geographically accurate cartogram above resizes the counties based on the number of votes cast in the Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.  The more votes cast in a county, the larger it is on the map.  This cartogram shows that Jones won the four largest counties (Jefferson, Madison, Mobile, and Montgomery) whereas Moore won the fifth and sixth largest counties.  It proved not to be enough to get him past the post.

Proportion of Most Populous Cities in US States

Dec 13, 2017
Chart of largest cities in US states

The chart above shows the most populous city in each US state and the proportion of that state's population that resides there.  Unlike in the European Union were 14 states have over one-quarter of their population living in the most populous city, only three states do so in the US.  In the US, living in a state's largest city is not as prevalent.

Proportion of Most Populous Cities in EU States

Dec 12, 2017
Chart of largest cities in EU states

The chart above shows the most populous city in each EU state and the proportion of that nation's population that resides there.  Luxembourg and Malta are obvious outliers due to their size but the rest of the EU still has quite a range from Berlin which only consists of just over one out of every twenty Germans to Riga which consists of just under one out of two Latvians.

What to Look for in the 2017 Alabama Special Senatorial Race

Dec 11, 2017
Cartogram map of 2010 Alabama county population

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the population of Alabama's counties.  The more populous a county is, the larger it is on the map.  This cartogram shows that Jefferson, Madison, and Mobile are the most populous counties by far and together the three counties account for just under 30 percent of the state's total population.  This, in a state with 67 counties.

Cartogram of Think Tanks in the United States

Dec 8, 2017
Cartogram map of think tanks in the United States

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the size of the states based on their number of think tanks.  Washington DC contains one out of every five think tanks in the US.  Think tanks are clearly an east coast phenomenon.

Cartogram of Think Tanks in the European Union

Dec 7, 2017
Cartogram map of think tanks in the European Union

The cartogram above represents the size of the states of the EU based on the number of think tanks.  The United Kingdom contains one out of every five think tanks in the Union.  With its impending exit, the EU is poised to lose 20 percent of its think tanks.

Think Tanks in Europe and the United States

Dec 6, 2017
Chart of think tanks in the EU and US

Most states in both the EU and the US do not bother with think tanks so much so, that the entity with the most think tanks by far, is not even a state.  Outside of Washington DC, only the United Kingdom has more than 200 think tanks.

Global Competitiveness in the European Union

Dec 5, 2017
Map of European competitiveness

The World Economic Forum published its annual Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) recently and while some states of the European Union faired spectacularly others, not so much.  Half of the world's top ten most competitive nations are in the EU, namely the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Finland.  The Index is made up of 114 factors ranging from property rights to reliability of police services and from the quality of roads to the prevalence of various diseases.  These 114 variables are broken up into 11 categories or "pillars" as the Index puts it: institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation.

Oat Production in the European Union

Dec 4, 2017
Cartogram map of oat production in the European Union

The cartogram above represents the size of the states of the EU based on the number of hectares they dedicate to harvesting oats, the larger the state the more hectares it dedicates to oat production.  Spain dedicates the greatest amount of land but Poland is not far behind.  These two countries combined account for just over one-third of the land dedicated to oat production in the EU.


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