Unexpectedly Intriguing!
March 26, 2006

Every now and again, we come across a new (to us) utility on the web that changes how we look at things. Worldmapper does that quite literally with cartograms! The site is dedicated to producing maps of the nations of the world, where the size of each nation is presented to be in proportion to an area of interest, such as population, tourism, etc. (HT: Mahalanobis).

Because we couldn't resist, here's a quick walkthrough of some of the maps available through Worldmapper:

The World as We Best Know It

The most familiar cartogram is one that shows the distribution of land area by nation - in other words, a world map!":

Where the People Are

The total population cartogram emphasizes the nations where the greatest number of people live in the world:

Where People Want to Live

The following cartogram emphasizes the nations having the greatest inflow of immigrants. The United States receives 37.1% of the net total for the world!:

Where People Are Moving From

This cartogram emphasizes the nations that have the greatest net emigration. Current world champion: Mexico:

Where People Only Want to Visit

By far, the nations of Western Europe top the list of the world's preferred tourist destinations:

Where People Are Being Forced Out

The cartogram below illustrates the nations that are producing the greatest number of refugees:

About Political Calculations

blog advertising
is good for you

Welcome to the blogosphere's toolchest! Here, unlike other blogs dedicated to analyzing current events, we create easy-to-use, simple tools to do the math related to them so you can get in on the action too! If you would like to learn more about these tools, or if you would like to contribute ideas to develop for this blog, please e-mail us at:

ironman at politicalcalculations.com

Thanks in advance!

Recent Posts


This year, we'll be experimenting with a number of apps to bring more of a current events focus to Political Calculations - we're test driving the app(s) below!

Most Popular Posts
Quick Index

Site Data

This site is primarily powered by:

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Visitors since December 6, 2004:

CSS Validation

Valid CSS!

RSS Site Feed

AddThis Feed Button


The tools on this site are built using JavaScript. If you would like to learn more, one of the best free resources on the web is available at W3Schools.com.

Other Cool Resources

Blog Roll

Market Links
Charities We Support
Recommended Reading
Recommended Viewing
Recently Shopped

Seeking Alpha Certified

Legal Disclaimer

Materials on this website are published by Political Calculations to provide visitors with free information and insights regarding the incentives created by the laws and policies described. However, this website is not designed for the purpose of providing legal, medical or financial advice to individuals. Visitors should not rely upon information on this website as a substitute for personal legal, medical or financial advice. While we make every effort to provide accurate website information, laws can change and inaccuracies happen despite our best efforts. If you have an individual problem, you should seek advice from a licensed professional in your state, i.e., by a competent authority with specialized knowledge who can apply it to the particular circumstances of your case.