MakeoverMonday: Safe States to Drive

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This week’s original focusses on the worst states to drive in. It’s nearly Christmas so I wanted to turn that around and take a more positive approach: which state is the best. Turns out it’s Minnesota.

My makeover removes almost all detail (ie 49 out of 50 states!) but I decided after exploring the different metrics to focus on a single message: stay safe, rather than let people investigate the data in each state.

You can see that process in the GIF showing my exploration, below. I looked for correlations and patterns, but once I hit the map, I realised I wanted to focus on Minnesota, and spent about half my time getting the display just so.

Exploration followed by formatting
Exploration followed by formatting

The original

There are things to like in this week’s original:

  1. The colour bands are groups rather than every individual rank. It’s easier to identify a colour band representing 1-10 rather than trying to find the one ranked 6, for example.
  2. Maps make it relatively easy to find your state.
  3. They’ve labelled which is best and worst. Should 1 be “worst” state or “best”? They made a decision and labelled the legend.
  4. The small states have their own callout rectangles.

What don’t I like?

  1. I didn’t notice the “Next” button until writing up this blog. Turns out there are 3 charts, but I didn’t notice them.
  2. Choropleths distort values because one value covers large areas.

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