1. Who’s most well off
2. The top 1 percent have gained in every state
3. Big cities are less equal than the rest of the country
The rich are richer and the poor are poorer in the nation’s largest cities than the nation as a whole, according to the findings from the Brookings Institution. Just three — Denver, Seattle and El Paso — saw inequality shrink, marginally, since before the recession. For the rest, things got worse.
4. Where the millionaires are
5. Where the breweries are
6. Where people are moving to and from
The map above comes from Atlas Van Lines and shows where their customers were headed last year. Most states had a steady balance of people coming and going, but the blue ones below are where the movement was mostly inbound and the yellow ones show states that were losing people faster than they were gaining them.
7. The 47 states where ‘conservatives’ outnumber ‘liberals’
8. The states whose legislatures are more partisan than Congress
This chart shows state legislature polarization with the dotted line in the middle representing the U.S. Congress. The half of state legislatures to the right of that line are more partisan — though many are unified by party so they’re at least more productive, too.
9. Where unemployment has recovered (sort of)
10. Where long-term unemployment is at historic highs
Before the recession smashed the record, long-term unemployment peaked at 26 percent thirty years ago. But in 2013 it was higher than that in 41 states and D.C. It’s highest in D.C., New Jersey and Florida, where more than 45 percent of the jobless are long-term unemployed (i.e. unable to find work after about six months of looking).
11. Mapping the geographical digital divide
This Gizmodo map of average Internet speeds by congressional district shows how disparate access to the web is.
12. Where the recession never happened
There is a recovery underway, but it’s uneven, as depicted by the map above, from a report by the National Association of Counties. The darkest-blue counties never experienced a recession—as measured by economic output—while the lighter blue ones recovered by 2013. The grey ones are still working through their recoveries.
13. Where the Protestants are
14. The states that tax booze the hardest
15. The 8 states that ban educators from promoting homosexuality
16. How felon voting policies restrict the black vote
Cartogram of disenfranchisement rates, 2010. (Sentencing Project) In Florida, more than one in five black adults can’t vote. Not because they lack citizenship or haven’t registered, but because they have, at some point, been convicted of a felony. More than 20 percent of black adults have lost their right to vote in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, according to the Sentencing Project, a group that advocates for reforms to sentencing policy that reduces racial disparities.
17. The incredible shrinking blue-state advantage
The Democratic Party’s advantage in the states was halved last year, continuing a dramatic multi-year decline. A 30-state advantage in 2008 is now down to 3. (That is, Dems can claim three more states in their corner than Republicans can. But that’s down from 2008 when they claimed 30 more states than their counterparts.)
18. The 30 states where abortion rates are at multi-decade lows
19. Where women are most and least represented in state legislatures
20. Where low-income students lag behind
21. Which states plan best for the future
Virtually every state could do a better job at long-term fiscal planning, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Just 11 states earned high marks on a 10-point test of their ability to budget in the long-term, according to the fiscal policy group.
22. Where housing remains a serious problem
23. The 116 counties responsible for half the uninsured
24. Record drought spreads to California
25. What the closest pizza joints are
This map, courtesy of FlowingData.com, shows which chain’s stores are closest to various parts of the country. Pizza Hut and Dominoes reign.