Why we love it
Home ownership is a major driver in the US economy. Maps of this subject have been created from Census data since the 1800s, when home mortgages were the exception, not the rule. We love that this map lets you explore the subject of home ownership in the US in an interesting way—in terms of housing and population diversity. You can get a broad view of states or zoom into your city.
Why it works
Like a good story this map gives more and more detail as you go. It works as a multiscale experience as you zoom in, showing data from state to county to tract to block group. Darker colors represent higher values, while lighter colors represent lower values. The average class color is neutral. At each scale, a simple pop-up shares a few key statistics and displays a chart of housing by type of ownership.
Applied geographer, map curator for Living Atlas of the World and Urban Observatory. I work with talented people to make better maps by eliminating the noise and increasing the signal.