Sunday, May 15, 2011

Westward shift in US population center of gravity

Interactive graphics can convey complex issues in a cognitively striking manner. Economix points to a US Census Bureau interactive map showing the shifting center of the country's population - defined as "the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all residents were of identical weight".

(click this for full image)

Like in the US, India's decennial census figures too are out now. Since census figures are a wealth of statistical information, its utility lies in the ease with which potential users can extract (it baffles me as to why GoI Departments do not provide for downloading their data in atleast Excel format) and render this data. Compare the respective efforts of the Census Commissionerates from the United States and India in this regard. The Census Commissionerate could take a leaf out of this when presenting its final 2011 census data.

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