From Bernard L., another exemplary effort by the Times. This one really got me excited.
- The blue and gray lines are almost parallel everywhere, which tells us that in terms of the change in demographic composition, New York City pretty much resembled New York State during this entire period.
- However, in terms of demographic composition, rather than the change in composition, New York City schools are very different from the rest of the state, in that the proportion of white is lower by a third while that of minorities are much higher, especially black and Hispanic students.
- State-wide (as well as city-wide), black and white students have been declining as a proportion while Hispanics and Asians have increased.
- The extent of the change is immediately visible, Asians have jumped from 7% to 14% for example.
From a graph design perspective, the execution is very clean. Data labels are limited to the first and last values. A small multiples concept is used with the ethnic groups placed side by side. A great awareness of foreground and background as well. And imagine how much data has been visualized here, and be impressed. You can look at any county in the country.