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Perhaps you could replace the solid shading of each county with some texture representing population density. My first thought was to use colored dots, with more dots representing denser populations, but maybe bigger dots would be better. Or maybe parallel lines or crosshatching, where the thickness of the lines reflects the density.

Basically, the color within a county would reflect the kind of change, and the amount of that color would reflect the density of the population.

Steve Citron-Pousty

But the color's represent rates not total numbers so population size doesn't matter.

What do you want to show with total population counts. I think better maps to accompany this one would be a map of housing prices (easy to get from census data) and another for unemployment rates.

It is also interesting to see how they explain "small sample sizes" in the upper west.

Steve Citron-Pousty

Added an image to my site for housing prices

Steve Citron-Pousty

Added an image to my site for housing prices


Hmmm. I'm going to disagree: I think that the original NYT graphic, while pretty to look at, didn't actually address the subject very well at all. The map fails because it doesn't show the relationship between housing prices and bankruptcies.

Steve's (nice) maps illustrate the problem--you have to eyeball difference two maps to figure out the relationship.

In this case, a simple scatterplot of each county's bankruptcy rate and median housing price would have been more on point.

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