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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

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France is known for its food, culture, and architecture. It is home to some of the oldest structures in the world. The Cairn of Barnenez is a Neolithic monument in northern Finistère, France. It dates back to 4800 BC. You can see the history of France through its many different architectural styles. When we think of old traditional French architecture, buildings like the Palace of Versailles and the Notre-Dame come to mind but, did you know the Louxor obelisk (even though it was a gift from Egypt) was built in 13 BC? The Les arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheater that use to show gladiator fights, is dated in the 1st century. The Abbaye saint Germain des prés is 6th century. Many of the most famous buildings in France are located in the capital of Paris. You know of the Eiffel tower and the Louve, but there is also beautiful architecture all over the city neighborhoods. If you walk down any Paris street you see buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This beautiful map of Paris shows the ages of livable dwellings throughout the city.

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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

The color-coded geo map shows how old the buildings in Paris are, ranging from 2 years all the way up to 821 years old. You can see the oldest buildings are located in the center of the map and buildings outside of that tend to be newer. Imagine living in a building that is over 800 years old? The sights, the sounds, the ghost stories that must be a part habitation in such a historic location. The oldest buildings in the United States are only over 300 years old, a far cry from many of the buildings on this map.

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The Biggest Company in Every Country Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how many people have an iPhone? There are over 1.2 billion iPhone users in the world! Here are a few other mind-blowing Apple statistics; according to Counterpoint Research, Apple has around a 16% market share of the global smartphone industry and a 50% market share of the US smartphone industry. These impressive statistics make sense when you consider how Apple is the biggest company in the world by market value! We love this new fascinating chart (you can find the full list if you follow that link) of the biggest companies in every country.

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From a design perspective, I appreciate just how much information is packed on here in a structured, digestible way. The color coding provides quick insights into the leading industry in every country. The page provides additional knowledge on the world’s leading companies. Not only does Apple have the greatest market value in the world at $2.64 trillion, it is also the largest tech company by revenue. They are the second largest phone manufacturer after Samsung, which is South Korea’s largest company with a market value of $367.3 billion. A gander through the master list of most valuable companies on the page shows that many are in the banking industry, followed closely by the energy industry. Out of the 90 companies explored, 24 are banks and 23 are in the energy sector. Technology also excels; the biggest company in Asia is the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with a market value of $494.6 billion. Founded in 1987, it was the first dedicated semiconductor foundry and has been leading the pack ever since.

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Maps Show What Matters Most To People Around the World

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What matters most to you? What do you find most fulfilling? What would a happy life look like to you? While the answers to these questions are profoundly influenced by your own personal experiences and background, your homeland may play a role too. This simple and beautiful chart by MoveHub.com explores what matters most in every country based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index.

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what-matters-most-chartistryI find this visualization absolutely captivating and genius; the key made from a wave of colors unites grace and functionality, and the maps are easy to comprehend. You can spot outliers with ease – for example, Georgia, Papua New Guinea, and Slovenia are among the only countries that value environment the most. Community is another rare top value with only Bhutan and Zimbabwe at a quick scan. What about jobs? We spend most of our time at work, so you would think jobs would have a bigger fan base, but I have only found Moldova! Many Scandinavian countries value life satisfaction the most – they may be onto something, because they are also among the happiest countries in the world!

Overall, it is both soothing and thought-provoking in its simplicity. I love charts like these because it makes me reflect both inward and outward – the world truly is a mosaic of cultures with diverse values, priorities, and “recipes” for happiness! Be sure to explore the Better Life Index – it is fascinating! It delves deeper into the data behind the responses and offers more insight into each country. For example, the top five for the United States are life satisfaction, health, education, work-life balance, and environment.

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Where in the US Has Rent Become Most (and Least) Affordable?

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The pandemic saw a large shift in many aspects of daily life with many people completely shifting their entire location as well. Texas saw the largest increase in new residents by far with tens of thousands moving to Kaufman, Comal and Rockwall county. Florida was another state that saw a large increase of new folks in the neighborhood. Many of these people citing job loss, unhappiness with their states representatives in government and cost of living as their reasons for moving. Rent and mortgage rates have played a large roll also in where residents are leaving and flocking to and who can blame them? A NYC one bedroom apartment averages close to $4,000 a month where as a one bedroom in El Paso Texas averages around $810 per month. This great chart from Housinglist.com shows where in the US Rent is the most and least affordable.

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You may already know the outrageous cost of living in NYC, Miami, Boston and LA, but did you know Tampa, Florida, Detroit, Michigan and Rochester, New York will cost you above average in rent? Rochester only has a median income of $37,395 and median rent for a one bedroom there is just over $1200 per month making their percentage of household income going to rent for the year almost 36%. To compare, if you want to rent a one bedroom in Wichita Kansas it will only cost you under $700 or just 15.49% of household income for the year. Where would you choose to live on this map? Are you seeing these prices reflected in your area?

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