Neal Rauhauser: 36 Extraordinary Maps

Neal Rauhauser
Neal Rauhauser

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways

The internet has led to a renaissance in mapmaking, with thousands of interactive, illustrated, informational, or just plain silly maps being published on a daily basis. We’ve done a number of other pieces on some of the web’s interesting and weird maps, but there’s thousands more out there, and it can be hard to keep up. So here’s another installment, with 36 new maps we haven’t posted before.

Matt Hershberger

Matador, 14 April 2014


1. Wind map of America
2. Actual discoveries by Europeans
3. Countries by racial tolerance
4. America’s favorite beers by state
5. Wind map of the world
6. North America’s pre-European languages
7. World consumption of milk

8. How humans spread around the globe
9. Pirate risk on the high seas
10. Population distribution in the United States
11. The religions of the Middle East
12. Every detected hurricane and cyclone since 1842
13. Every person in San Francisco by color
14. The world’s great rivers
15. The closest pizza places from anywhere in the United States
16. Where people feel the most loved
17. What each country leads the world in
18. The world’s economic classes by location
19. America’s rivers
20. Which rivers flow into the Mississippi
21. Indian homes with toilets (the country)
22. China’s invasive passport
23. Where the world’s slaves are [very inaccurate, misses USA] 24. The world’s economic center of gravity over the past 2,014 years
25. Where the oil comes from and where it goes
26. American ancestry by county
27. Income inequality by country
28. The Waterman Butterfly projection
29. The world’s navies in the Pacific
30. What Africa would look like without colonization
31. A Twitter map of Europe
32. The happiest countries
33. The world’s power outlets
34. Annual cigarette consumption
35. Child poverty in the developed world [USA a dsigrace – 34 out of 35] 36. When the polar ice caps melt

See all 36 maps.