Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Really cool maps...

I've mentioned before I'm a sucker for cool data presentation. Check out these maps that use census data to show the most popular surnames in the US and London.

You can play around with the interactive version of this map at the National Geographic website.

You can see the London map here. You can really see the influence of recent Southeast Asian immigration in London on their map. I think it would be really neat to see a map of surnames change over the past century in London.

There's also a pretty cool search tool here where you can search for your own last name and where it is highly concentrated around the world.

Oh, and while we're talking tonight about high speed rail (again) in the US, China's building the world's largest city that will be 26 times the size of London. Yep, that sounds about right.

"The goal of the new city will be to integrate China’s manufacturing base, which will include the cities of Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing.

Together, according to the Telegraph, they account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy."



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