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Heatmap Video Shows the Migration of New Coronavirus Cases Over Time

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Today’s new animated heatmap comes to us from City-Data.com and follows the trends of new confirmed coronavirus cases around the United States over time. The animation was created using Leaflet.js, Folium Python library, and Monosnap and was shared by a member of the City-Data team on Reddit who goes by the name /u/absurddreams. All data was sourced from the New York Times. Check it out below:

It’s no secret that an early epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States was New York City. As we now know, even though the virus itself originated in China, the origin of the major outbreak in New York has been traced to travelers from Europe. In the first few months of 2020, millions of travelers came to the U.S. from Europe through major NYC-area airports such as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

A Time Line of Notable Trends:

  • As the animation begins to unfold, a few hotspots begin to emerge, the most obvious of which is the aforementioned NYC area.
  • As the end of April comes to pass, a number of pockets throughout the Central United States are visible, but the Northeastern United States are still dominate.
  • However, when mid-May arrives, New York and the rest of the Northeast have faded significantly.
  • By mid-June, new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast are negligible, almost completely gone, and the worst zones have shifted to Southern states where several growing pockets have emerged.
  • As the clock dials around to present day (July 7th) the Southern states, particularly from eastern Texas to South Carolina, are inundated with new coronavirus cases.

The unfortunate and alarming surge in cases across the Southern and even Western states is likely an unfortunate side effect of states failing to impose lockdowns and guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus early on.

The sharp decline in New York and Northeast COVID-19 cases has been attributed to the comprehensive stay-at-home orders, face mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, etc. that were organized by those states. They have flatted the curve for now, but the pandemic is far from over.

As of the date of this publication, this video was last updated on July 8, 2020. See this video and other great visualizations on the City-Data.com COVID-19 graphs and animations page.

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This Map Shows Mobile Data Costs in Almost Every Country on the Planet

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Mobile phones truly rule the world – around 91% of people own a mobile phone and 83.32% of people own a smartphone! In fact, you may be reading this on your smartphone right now from the convenience and comfort of your own couch! In order to make the most of our mobile devices, we need access to data. Not all access to data is created equal; the price of one gigabyte of data in one country may be vastly different than another, even if they are right beside each other. So where are people paying the most for their cell phone bill? The team at VoiceNation has created a fascinating visualization of the average cost of cell phone data around the world. Check it out:

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To put things into perspective, consider that the global average cost of 1 GB of data is $4.07. Compare that to the most expensive country, Equatorial Guinea, where people pay an average of $49.67 for 1 GB! Israel has the least expensive data in the world at just $.05 per 1 GB. What can you do with 1 GB of data? According to MakeUseOf.com, 1 GB of data equals five hours of mobile web browsing, 30 minutes of HD video streaming, five hours of mobile gaming, and 18 hours of music streaming. That means in the most expensive country, it could cost around $200 just to watch a movie on your phone! In Israel, you could watch it for $.20. Overall, this chart is effective at conveying mobile data prices around the world in a quick and compelling way. How much do you pay for mobile data and where do you live? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Which Cities Truly Never Sleep? This Chart Shows the Cities With the Most Night Workers

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The world never truly sleeps – humans are working hard around the clock trying to make a living, provide for their families, afford their hobbies, or just make it to the next meal. While many of us are blissfully sinking into our pillows, night shift workers are just beginning their “day” of work. A typical night shift, or third shift, involves working from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM or 5 PM to 2 AM. So where are these night workers most abundant? NapLab has created a chart exploring the U.S. cities with the most people working night jobs. Before you scroll down, take a guess at the top city. I did my first time discovering it – I’ll share my answer below!

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My initial guess was Detroit, Michigan. I have never been, but something about it just oozes “burning the midnight oil”. What was your guess? Comment below! In reality, the top city with the most night workers is Las Vegas, Nevada, which actually makes absolute sense considering its reputation for a dazzling, chaotic and never-ending nightlife. 16.53% of Vegas’ workforce works the night shift! After all, you would never expect a city with the monikers “Sin City”, “Neon Capital of the World”, “Entertainment Capital of the World” and “City of Light” to become a quiet little hamlet once the sun sets. I felt a little better when I discovered that my guess, Detroit, ranks 28th with 11.93% of the workforce manning the night shift.

Overall, I appreciate the overall feel of the chart – the colors convey the topic exceptionally, and the header is lovely and eye-catching. I have never seen this data visualized before, so I appreciate the opportunity to learn something new about the culture and economy of America.

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U.S. Cities Where Home Prices Have Increased the Most Since the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted prices and expenses across the board. From groceries to living costs, most people are feeling a hit to their wallets. Housing costs in particular have been rising exponentially. Where in the United States have they been rising the most?

The following visualization shows where in the U.S. home prices have increased the most since the pandemic. The graphic utilizes a pin map at the top to indicate where each of the cities are located, and then uses a column range chart to depict the change in home prices between January 2020 and July 2022.

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These are the cities that have seen the biggest increase in home prices since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020:

  1. Cape Coral, FL: 85.96%
  2. Round Rock, TX: 80.94%
  3. St. Petersburg, FL: 76.92%
  4. Port St. Lucie, FL: 72.88%
  5. Clearwater, FL: 71.09%
  6. Surprise, AZ: 69.93%
  7. Nampa, ID: 69.69%
  8. Tampa, FL: 69.35%
  9. Austin, TX: 69.05%
  10. Gilbert, AZ: 68.54%

Unsurprisingly, since many employees are now allowed to work from home, warmer locations have become popular places for relocation. This could play a part in why home prices are increasing in states like Florida and Arizona.

On the flip side, these are the cities where home prices have risen the least since the pandemic:

  1. Odessa, TX: -1.98%
  2. Midland, TX: 6.27%
  3. Washington, DC: 10.47%
  4. San Francisco, CA: 11.27%
  5. Las Cruces, NM: 11.35%
  6. New York, NY: 12.95%
  7. Laredo, TX: 15.85%
  8. Boston, MA: 15.91%
  9. Minneapolis, MN: 16.72%
  10. Shreveport, LA: 16.96%

Odessa, TX is the only place where home prices have decreased. Major cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Boston have also experienced low levels of home price increases, likely due to many people leaving large cities during the pandemic.

Which city on the list is most surprising to you?

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