22 Maps and Charts that will Surprise You

These maps and charts are great in revealing the aggregate impacts of human activities. Although we live in an information age, we often can't 'see' the effects of our decision making on the commons and the landscape. For example, there are 450 billionaires with American citizenship, and half of them live in New York and California; Switzerland is the best place to be born; fewer people are dying from war than ever before; the most dangerous drugs in America are perfectly legal.

It will be interesting to 'see' if the big data trend will integrate attractive visuals to bring greater meaning to the information being presented.

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