EVER THOUGHT TO YOURSELF, “How many smaller countries could you fit into Australia?” Or possibly, “Which countries in the western hemisphere have legit secessionist movements?” Or, perhaps most pressing of all, “Where does it pay best to be a lifeguard?” We live in the age of the map now, so these are no longer questions you have to continue simply wondering about.
Maps are spectacular at conveying a lot of information in a simple image. Did you know, for example, that four breweries control a huge share of the world’s beer market? Or that Belgium’s largest immigrant population is Italian? Each month we do a round-up of some of the best maps on the internet. Here are the best from October.
Australia is a really big country
How many other countries could fit into Australia?
Most disproportionately well-paid jobs in the U.S.
It pays to be a lifeguard in Hawaii.
Change in liveability score 2010-2015
Which cities have had the biggest changes in fortune over the last 5 years?
Where is Uber banned?
Where in the world have local governments taken a stand against Uber?
The world's dominant breweries
Four breweries basically dominate the world of beer.
Biscuits vs. McMuffins
Which do local customers prefer more?
The states where women are most likely to be murdered by men
What are the worst states for violence against women per capita?
Where the immigrants come from
Where are the most immigrants from in each European country?
School holidays in Europe
Which countries have the most school holiday weeks?
The U.S. governors religion map
What religion are the governors of the U.S.?
The long form of country's English names
When you say "Congo," are you talking about the Republic of Congo, or the Democratic Republic of Congo?
What Columbus expected the world to look like
What Columbus thought he'd be sailing to vs. what he was really sailing towards. He was WAY off.
U.S. military bases vs. Russian military bases
Russia still doesn't have anywhere near as much global military presence as the U.S.
Where wolves historically have lived.
Wolves used to be everywhere in the northern hemisphere.
Where the Syrian refugees are
Who is taking in the most Syrian refugees?
The quality of democracy by country
Where is democracy most robust around the world?
The average age at first marriage for females
How old are women (on average) when they first get married?
How much of humanity is in your hemisphere?
What percentage of the world's population is within 10,000 kilometers of you?
Fourth of July songs by state on Spotify
What is each state's favorite Fourth of July song on Spotify?
Coffee vs. Tea
Does your country prefer coffee or tea?
The permanent Republican states until 1988
These states were considered guaranteed Republican states for 20 years -- they were not expected to ever change.
Most guns per capita
The U.S. wins pretty handily.
Peace in Mexico
What are the safest areas in Mexico?
Prevailing religions by country
A world of religions.
How the U.S. population would fit into China
There are a
lot of people in China. Via Reddit
Europe circa 1600
Europe looked a lot different 400 years ago.
Countries with Papa John's
Which countries have access to the world's most mediocre pizza?
Age difference between men and women at first marriage
What's the average difference in age between men and women for each country?
Countries with laws against apostasy against Islam
Where is it most dangerous to blaspheme against Islam?
Active separatist movements in the western hemisphere
Where are there secessionist movements in the Americas?
300 years of world population growth
The size of the country over time is the country's proportion of the total global population.
h/t: Thanks to the MapPorn subreddit for being a great resource for both finding maps and for getting criticism and analysis of those maps.