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The United States Ranked by the Length of Their Wikipedia Articles

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The Data Is Beautiful Subreddit has long been a favorite stomping ground of the staff here at The Chartistry. In fact, it was beautiful data visualizations that I was introduced to there that first ignited my love for charts. As you might have guessed, today’s visualization comes from this very place. Unlike most visualizations we feature here, this one proves that a good visualization doesn’t need to be beautiful; sometimes they just need to be functional.

Reddit user Gullyn1 has created a simple map that reveals the United States by the length of their Wikipedia articles. You can find the original Reddit post here. Gullyn1 explains in a comment that they used Wikipedia’s API and Python to create the map.

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United States by Wikipedia Article Length

At a glance, it appears that New York and California are the clear front runners. It’s unclear why some articles are longer than others but if I had to guess, I’d wager that it’s the states with the most history and those that have had the most notable events (both positive and negative). According to the raw data, California is the longest at 5,810,441 bytes for its main and sub-articles and New York comes in as a close second place with 5,655,709 bytes.

“This is great and all, but isn’t this map just showing a trend that the states with the highest populations also have the longest Wikipedia articles?” You might be right! That’s why I was especially happy to see that Gullyn1 created an additional map that adjusts for population. See it here:

The United States Ranked by The Length of Their Wikipedia Articles Per Capita (in Bytes)

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US States by Wikipedia Article Length Per Capita

When you look at the data like this, interesting and more meaningful trends begin to emerge. After adjusting for population, Montana, North and South Dakota, Vermont, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii are the new front runners.

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The Average Terrain Colors of Countries Around the World

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When you think about countries with an abundance of desert like Egypt, you generally think of yellow and orange sand colors. Likewise, countries with rainforests like Brazil most likely generate thoughts of deep greens. What color are the rest of the countries in the world?

Data visualization artist Erin Davis used satellite imagery from Sentinel-2 to illustrate the average color of the terrain in countries around the world.

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The graphics use a choropleth map visualization to show the average color of the terrain in each country. Some countries, like snow-covered Greenland and Antarctica, are clearly colored how one would expect. Others take on a darker or more jewel-toned hue that reflects their unique landscapes.

The artist also illustrated the average color of each county in the United States for a more granular view of the country. The visualization highlights the forest-rich regions of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and South East as well as well as the rugged physical geography of southwestern states like Arizona and New Mexico.

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There are five major classes of land biomes in the world: forests, deserts, savannah, tundra, and grasslands. The nature of these biomes heavily impact the color of the areas picked up by satellite. These are the divisions of each biome around the world:

    • Forests (40.1%): Forest biomes are populated by various species of deciduous and evergreen trees. This type of biome also includes rainforests, one of the most important forests in the world.
    • Deserts (25.9%): Deserts are categorized as areas with very little rainfall. Daytime temperatures are typically high and nighttime temperatures are low.
    • Savannah (16.7%): Savannah is tropical grasslands that are somewhere between lush tropical rainforests and desert regions. Their rainfalls typically occur during summer months, which means it evaporates quickly. These areas are prone to drought.
    • Tundra (10.5%): The climate of the tundra is extreme cold. Temperatures in the winter often go below freezing and plant life is either nonexistent or dormant for much of the year.
    • Grasslands (6.8%): Grasslands (also known as the Prairies in North America and the Pampas in South America) are temperate regions with warm summers and cool winters.

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The Countries With the Fastest Internet Speeds in the World

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Singapore is home to the fastest average internet speed in the world, where the average download speed is an incredible 238.59 megabits per second. There are many theories as to why this is, with what being that Singapore was founded with a compact and easily upgradable infrastructure. Not only that, but in Singapore, the economic freedom has led to a society that’s more high-speed and connected.

From Hewlett Packard, this visualization takes a look at where in the world you can find the fastest internet speeds, both in terms of average broadband and mobile speeds.

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The fastest fixed broadband internet in the world can be found in Singapore, where the average speed is 238.59 megabits per second. According to the data, these are the 20 countries with the fastest fixed broadband internet.

  1. Singapore: 238.59 megabits per second
  2. Hong Kong: 231.70 megabits per second
  3. Thailand: 217.70 megabits per second
  4. Romania: 205.89 megabits per second
  5. Denmark: 197.27 megabits per second
  6. Spain: 189.50 megabits per second
  7. Hungary: 187.52 megabits per second
  8. Liechtenstein: 186.46 megabits per second
  9. Monaco: 185.48 megabits per second
  10. France: 184.77 megabits per second
  11. Switzerland: 183.88 megabits per second
  12. United States: 180.84 megabits per second
  13. South Korea: 176.95 megabits per second
  14. Andorra: 172.41 megabits per second
  15. Chile: 171.88 megabits per second
  16. Macau: 167.56 megabits per second
  17. Sweden: 165.52 megabits per second
  18. China: 163.83 megabits per second
  19. Canada: 158.69 megabits per second
  20. Norway: 153.36 megabits per second

In terms of the fastest cellular internet speeds, it’s the United Arab Emirates that takes the top spot, with an average speed of 178.52 megabits per second. These are the 15 countries from around the world that have the fastest cellular internet speeds on average.

  1. United Arab Emirates: 178.52 megabits per second
  2. South Korea: 170.52 megabits per second
  3. Qatar: 167.40 megabits per second
  4. China: 150.40 megabits per second
  5. Saudi Arabia: 133.73 megabits per second
  6. Norway: 118.20 megabits per second
  7. Australia: 109.33 megabits per second
  8. Netherlands: 103.37 megabits per second
  9. Bulgaria: 96.27 megabits per second
  10. Switzerland: 95.27 megabits per second
  11. Canada: 93.87 megabits per second
  12. Kuwait: 92.94 megabits per second
  13. Luxembourg: 91.74 megabits per second
  14. Cyprus: 87.55 megabits per second
  15. Sweden: 83.44 megabits per second

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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

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If you’ve ever wondered which of the sixty-three National Parks that are scattered throughout the United States is closest to you, then wonder no more! We came across this map that breaks the country down into 63 regions, to show which National Park is the closest for every area in the United States. While we originally found this map visual shared in the r/dataisbeautiful subreddit, it was originally created by esri using the Thiessen (Voronoi) polygon tool.

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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

If you’re also picking up vintage vibes from this map, that’s because it was designed to be reminiscent of vintage National Park posters. An excellent design choice in our opinion! How did they determine which National Park was the closest to every area in the U.S.? The distance in each boundary is displayed “as the crow flies” so any spot within each National Park’s boundary is closer to that park than to any other. Although these boundaries do not take into account the shortest drive time or the most convenient National Park to each location. Looking at the map you can see that there are a lot more National Park options on the western part of the country than on the eastern. This is due to the west having a lot more open land available when the National Park Service began in 1916, while the eastern side of the country had a lot more of its land already developed at that time. Which of the sixty-three National Parks is the closest to you!?

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