Figuring out where to move is an aggravating guessing game: How far is this new house to work? If I want a short commute via bus, where can I live? Can I afford this?
Ordinarily, you'd have to spend way too long sorting through all these variables. But if you're thinking about a place in the San Francisco Bay Area, you're in luck, thanks to a phenomenal interactive map created by Stamen for Mig.
In America's rural areas, the internet barely exists as you and I know it: People can't get broadband in their house; they use dial-up modems at home; and the only place they can hope to watch a YouTube video is the local library.
The Obama administration has dedicated $7.2 billion in stimulus money to fix the problem. And today brings a rash of tools to publicize it, including the first-ever National Broadband Map, created with the help of Stamen, a 2011 Most Innovative Company, which shows just how widespread (or not) high-speed access is across the U.S.
The 2010 Census data was just released before Christmas, but Stamen designer Michal Migurski already has their infographics beat. His interactive census visualizer, ThisTract.com, mashes up numbers from the previous census with your web browser's built-in geolocation technology (not to mention a cornucopia of mapping and graphing APIs) to blow up your block into a small universe of personalized, visualized datapoints.