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Cities that Saw the Most Small Business Openings Through the Years

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Many Americans have ambitions of opening their own business. From restaurants to clothing boutiques, small businesses are one of the hallmarks of the American dream. People from cities all over the country scout out the perfect locations to start their small businesses.

This visualization from WizardPins.com illustrates which U.S. cities had the most small business openings each year between 2009 and 2018.

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The image utilizes sorted stream graphs to visualize the 10 cities that had the highest percentage of new small business openings each year. It also contains a contrasting graph that illustrates the U.S. cities with the highest percentage of small business closings each year. Some cities (like Austin-Round Rock, TX and Midland, TX) manage to make the list nearly every year. In contrast, Charleston, WV sadly has experienced the one of the highest rates of small business closures since 2013.

As of 2018, these are the U.S. cities that have the highest percentages of small business openings:

  1. Boise City, ID — 4.274% increase
  2. Provo/Orem, UT — 4.109% increase
  3. Bend/Redmond, OR — 3.889% increase
  4. St. George, UT — 3.64% increase
  5. Coeur d’Alene, ID — 3.518% increase
  6. Bozeman, MT — 3.434% increase
  7. Midland, TX — 3.326% increase
  8. Austin/Round Rock, TX — 3.11% increase
  9. Greeley, CO — 2.959% increase
  10. Wilmington, NC — 2.802% increase

Surprisingly, Idaho cities make the list multiple times. Boise, Idaho’s capital city, saw a more than 4% increase in small business openings in 2018. This makes them the city with the highest rate of small business openings in the country. Coming in at the number five spot is Coeur d’Alene. It’s the largest city in North Idaho

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Which Characters from “The Office” Have the Most Lines?

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Even though the last season of television show “The Office” aired in 2014, it’s still incredibly popular. It has become a cult classic and is one of the most popular shows to binge watch. Many fans of the show have seen the entire series multiple times and can recite the show’s most famous lines word for word.

The following visualization, created by Bo McReady, illustrates which characters from “The Office” had the largest share of lines spoken in each episode of the series.

(Note: spoilers abound!)

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The image utilizes a sparkline visualization to show the 20 characters that had the most on-screen lines throughout the course of the show. Michael Scott, the hapless yet beloved boss of Dunder Mifflin, typically has the most lines in every episode until he leaves the series in season 7. Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert, and Pam Halpert (formerly Beesly) are close behind him, as the trio’s frequent banter is one of the most memorable parts of the show.

There are also some characters that did not appear in the early seasons of the show that rank highly on the chart. Andy Bernard, who first appeared at the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin in season 3, and Erin Hannon, who replaced Pam as the office’s receptionist in season 5, both have high spots on the list.

Interestingly, one of the show’s most popular characters didn’t make the list at all. Fan favorite Creed Bratton, despite appearing in many episodes from the pilot through the finale, is nowhere to be found on the chart. While his non sequiturs and disconcerting rants are unforgettable, they are few and far between in the show.

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The Subreddits With the Most Comments, Every Single Day from 2018-2021

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At any specific date in time, trending Reddit subs can provide a snapshot to what users are thinking, searching and talking about. Sports, politics, gaming, current events and more can significantly boost comment numbers in specific Subreddits. This animated bar graph visualization from u/Balloon_Project, which was shared in the Data is Beautiful Subreddit, shows the most commented subreddits from 2018 to Jan 27th 2021. Check it out here:

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Most commented subreddits, 2018-21 [OC] from r/dataisbeautiful

Using information from SubredditStats.com, Balloon_Project was able to write a custom script in a program called Processing to input all the data. In the 2 and a half minute video, you can watch subreddits move and up and down the ladder with an accompanying “Todays’ News” headline for that specific day. It is fun to watch the different spikes that show up around different events. For example, the subreddit r/marvelstudios shows up high on the graph when Endgame gets released.

Sports subreddits like r/nba and r/nfl peak during key events for their respective leagues, and r/politics jumps to the top for major events surrounding the election, impeachment, protests, and riots. Meme pages and general subs like r/pics, r/teeenagers, and r/funny tend to bounce around in the top ten spots randomly as they are consistently popular subreddits. The general info sub r/askreddit where users can ask any question that comes to mind stayed in the top position for years getting 80 to 120k comments per day.

Here are some notable events and how Reddit reacted:

  • At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, you can watch r/coronavirus surge to around 60 thousand comments per day.
  • Around the election in November of 2020, the r/politics sub surges past 200k comments per day, the highest number seen in the video to that point.
  • Rounding out the last days of the graph you can watch the Wall Street Bets sub (r/wallstreetbets) soar to incredible new levels on the graph, getting close to 400 thousand comments per day during the whole GameStop stock debacle.

What a neat way to visualize this data!

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NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons

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The 2020-21 NBA season tips off tomorrow night with nine games!

2020 has certainly presented its challenges, and it’s been no different for the sports world. In the National Football League, several games have had to be rescheduled this season due to several positive COVID-19 cases from around the league. Earlier this season in the NBA, the entire league moved their games to what became known as the “NBA Bubble,” which was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, with the purpose to protect the NBA players for the remainder of the season.

NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons from r/DataArt

Jump shots are one of the most exciting parts of the action in the National Basketball Association, and this very interesting graphic from /u/Alexander_Varlamov and CoolBlueData.com takes a look at the jump shot density in the NBA for a span of 23 basketball seasons (it begins with the 1997-1998 NBA season). Some of the greatest jump shooters in the history of the NBA are actually active today, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.

As the animated timeline ticks past the 2003-2004 season, a shift in how the game is played becomes obvious—players have become much more likely to go for three-pointers than in the past. By 2016-2017, it had become the vast majority of shots, and in the 2019-2020 season, the map seems to indicate that two-pointer jump shots have become a true rarity in the game of basketball. Teams know that three-pointers can win championships, and if you can hit them consistently, the extra points can really add up!

Currently, the longest successful jump shot in the history of the National Basketball Association was 89 feet (27 m), and it was hit by Baron Davis on February 17, 2001. Davis made the shot with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks over the course of 15-season NBA career.

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