Data analyst and blogger Mark Evans has developed an interactive data visualization called Commute Map which allows users to examine the commutes of workers into and out of every county in the United States. Commute Map uses open data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to animate the differences between where county residents live and where they work with dots color-coded to represent similar destinations, which vary in size to reflect the relative number of commuters. Users can adjust the parameters of the visualization to display commutes between 0 and 300 miles. Commute Map also provides a breakdown of the number of commuting workers and residents in each county.
Mapping Commuter Data in U.S. Counties
Alexander Kostura is the 2016 Google public policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Alex is passionate about information and communications technologies as tools for inclusive economic growth, good governance, and social welfare. He has most recently conducted research in corporate data sharing for social good, specifically in international development and humanitarian response. Alex holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.