I just cannot resist another post on Bumps charts since NYT finally started using them. Here are two recent examples:
A wealth of information is revealed:
- All these places charge more than the national average today
- New York City used to charge less than average but that ended in 2003
- The tax rates are clustered into three groups, about 6%, about 5% and below 4%. The variance between different places has decreased during these years
- A sharp rise was recorded in all these places in 2001-3 although New York City lagged slightly. The sharp rise was not observed nationwide
Reference: "Gain in Income is Offset by Rise in Property Taxes", New York Times, Aug 8 2006.
However, I'd have put the "no one" label on the right, just like the other labels, but bolded.
One could also argue that the real story is the simultaneous decline of "friend", "co-worker" and "neighbor" and rise of "no one" and "spouse".
Finally, it'd be interesting to see the multi-period version as the smooth linear trends are rather incredulous.
Reference: New York Times Magazine, July 16 2006.