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Irrigation lubricates the farm economy, but challenges ahead

Posted: October 29, 2012

Irrigation in agriculture packs a big economic punch. Although the almost 57 million acres of irrigated farmlands in the U.S. represent just 7.5 percent of all crop- and pasturelands in the nation, th... Read more →

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Mapping Washington state unemployment by county

Posted: October 29, 2012

The Washington State Employment Security Department provides an online map of unemployment rates by county that's updated monthly. September unemployment in Washington was highest in Lewis, Grays Harb... Read more →

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Global vehicle penetration, sliced three different ways

Posted: October 28, 2012

Data visualizations derived from the World Bank's World Development Indicators show that while North America far outpaces other major global regions in vehicles per 1,000 people, that gap compared to ... Read more →

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World Bank data visualization: lower fertility, longer lives

Posted: October 19, 2012

At Google Public Data Explorer, the World Bank recently posted this revealing visualization showing how lower fertility rates correlate with longer life expectancies for females and males. The results... Read more →

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Data viz: oil imports, per-capita GDP for 25 nations, 1980 on

Posted: October 12, 2012

Earlier this week we used Google Public Data Explorer to craft a data visualization of debt as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product for 16 nations, over a multi-year period. It was from a dataset in... Read more →

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