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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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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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