Lives on the Line - life expectancy and childhood poverty as a tube map
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) now create their own interactive visualisations to accompany statistical releases. This one shows the ‘at-risk-of-poverty’ rate across the EU from 2005-2010. Use the slider to view rates for a specific year or press the ‘play’ button to watch changes in risk levels play out over time. Click here to see more graphics from the ONS.
Infovis about USA poverty designed for a small Flowing Data contest (winner). The visualization has many flaws but it was an experiment for the MA thesis I’m writing about Information visualization and data consistency.
The Suburbanization of Poverty: An Infographic
“The opportunity gap disproportionately impacts students of color who come from low-income backgrounds. The demographic inequalities black and Hispanic students in the United States face in comparison to their white peers put them at a disadvantage before they even enter school. When combined with the educational disparities known as the achievement gap, students of color often have to overcome more challenges to have an equal chance at life’s opportunities.”
“Poverty is a more powerful influence on test scores than value added by teachers and schools.” University of Texas physics Prof. Michael Marden’s visualization of the correlation between low SAT scores, poverty, and race.
The Christian Aid ‘History of Poverty' [povertyover.com] is a quite sophisticated and 3D-esque world map that reveals the development of countries over the last few hundred years in terms of poverty. An annotated timeline provides some interaction possibilities with the data.
Where possible, the poverty scale is representative of the United Nations Development Programmes’ human development index (HDI). This HDI is a weighted index of GDP per capita, life expectancy (as indicator of health), literacy rates and school enrolment rates (indicators of education). Where UN data was not available, they have drawn from other sources including United Nations, World Bank development indicators, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, and Task Force on Higher Education and Society.
Few issues touch me as much as rural poverty. Because most of us live in cities, and because rural poverty looks quite different than urban poverty, it is hard for us to see it. When we do see it, it’s hard to empathize with it because many don’t quite understand it. It’s a much more hidden, but trapping kind of poverty, and it infects our countryside “from sea to shining sea.”