Just a quick heads up. If you have ever wondered about my secret to making maps it is my brother, Matthew Mulbrandon, an urban geographer. Well, he now runs his own site at DesignandGeography.com where you can find more about his research on urban topics particularly housing and transportation. And of course more original maps about any topics that catch his fancy.
A simple map of Average Household Income by county
Made with Python, GEO Pandas -> formatted in Illustrator with MAPublisher plugin. Data from US Census Bureau, 2006–2010 American Community Survey.
Take a look at more data visualizations from my book, An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States.
Recently joined OpenJC, a Code for America brigade, and for my first project I worked with Anna Lukasiak to create a set of graphs the 2014 Jersey City Municipal budget for a Budget Forum run by CivicJC.
We began with a scanned pdf which Anna converted into a set of Excel spreadsheets and loaded the data into interactive treemaps. I then made the following four basic charts as an introduction to the revenue and spending of the Jersey City Municipal Government.
The first graph compares the municipal budget to the JC agency budgets. Then a simple stacked bar chart to compare the major revenue sources vs the city spending. Final two charts provide more detail into the revenue and spending
Data can be found on our project page.