Data Viz Done Right

August 19, 2015

How Has Poverty in Metro Neighborhoods Changed from 1970 to 2010?

Going through my RSS feed today, I saw a post on Flowing Data with this viz show the change in poverty in metro areas in the U.S.


I navigated to the site that shows the full report and at the bottom was a link to the original source, which was this story done in Tableau.


What struck me about this was that the titles of each story point are quite good, yet the visualisation is just a table, which makes it hard to find any insight. I decided to download the workbook and create this interactive version using the same story points. I think this tells the story of the changing poverty in America’s metro areas much more clearly, plus I allow for additional exploration and insight via the sort parameter.

Thoughts? Which one works better? What would you do differently?