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averagecrazyliberal t1_iwqjl1i wrote

Love the viz, OP!

But on what planet does the data source (you mention TIGER) justify including Westchester County, what seems like a third of the state of New Jersey but none of Connecticut (particularly Fairfield County) in the NYC data. Lol


TheMapStack OP t1_iwqn6cu wrote

Ya I thought it was weird, but I'm not a demographer working for the census. I just use what they give me.


TheMapStack OP t1_iwqfcc2 wrote

I was inspired by some other periodic table-style data visualizations and made one for US metro areas. Enjoy!

Data: Metro area boundaries come from TIGER, population data comes from, and the regions comes from the National Geographic Society.

Tools used: ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator

Find me at if you're interested in finding more stuff by me.


DenL4242 t1_iwrkjqc wrote

One guy who lives in Rhode Island: "I'm in Boston!"


SuicideNote t1_iwt336a wrote

Raleigh/Durham is 2.1 million but some dumb reason the metro area was split up into two when it still functions as a single metro area as the job center is right in the middle.


freecain t1_iwqml7v wrote

I kind of wish the data for density and GDP was higher resolution.


micknrortie t1_iwr15id wrote

Riverside is CA, I assume, not NY, NJ?


TheMapStack OP t1_iwrcyim wrote

Farts! Yes, California. Thanks for pointing that out.


Ghost_of_P34 t1_iwr27r8 wrote

Nice, but I can tell you that people commute to NYC from further away than what is shown. I know people that commute from Eastern PA / Western NJ as well as further south in NJ.


designateddroner2 t1_iwr3rcl wrote

I like the idea, but the two letter name (like an element) seems arbitrary and confusing. The Minneapolis area would better be defined by MSP, which is both the airport code and a reference to Minneapolis and St Paul. No one here would ever refer to the area as Mi.


Sea_no_evil t1_iwrs2s2 wrote

Separating San Jose from San Francisco doesn't track well with everyday life in the area. It's definitely one metro area. If San Jose is separate, why not also Oakland?


guspolly4 t1_iwxhp7z wrote

Smaller scale, but Cleveland gets shafted a bit too. I can agree a bit with Akron being its own area, but not Lorain/Elyria, that’s clearly an extension of Cleveland


AnonymusBear t1_iwwezsu wrote

The bay area has 2 metro areas SF-Oakland-Berekely and SJ-Sunnyvale-SC, but I never understood why b/c I know many people that live in these places, but commute to the other metro areas aka just combine the bay area metro as a whole don't separate it


Prestigious_Block_52 t1_ix2h3ks wrote

and why did you follow the census regions to a t except for the south west? also per metropolitan areas are you using metropolitan statistical area


endlesscomfort t1_ix5t8cb wrote

the population density on san diego seems off, I don't think san diego has a higher density that e.g. chicago


wildrover7 t1_iwqiuav wrote

It would be cool to see this for China with a higher population cutoff. Is something similar already out there?


TheMapStack OP t1_iwqmy0p wrote

I haven't found anything else for cities, etc. I've seen similar things for like mountain ranges though which is where I originally got my inspiration. I really enjoyed pulling this one together to I already planned on making a city version for the US and Europe, state version for the US, and other variations. It's a lot of work though so they're slow coming. Fun visualization when it all comes together though.