The New York Times has created several data visualizations that illustrate a pattern of natural disasters occurring in the same locations in the United States. The visualizations use data from the U.S. Small Business Administration to show that areas with 20 percent of the U.S. population have accounted for 90 percent of the monetary damage from natural disasters. For example, maps demonstrate that one town in eastern Kentucky has been hit by nine hurricanes in the last 16 years. The newspaper also shows that ten zip codes near New Orleans have accounted for 11 percent of the financial losses from disasters in the United States.
Visualizing the Patterns of Natural Disasters in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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