Visualization of the Week: How does your state compare on various economic factors?

Oct 15, 2019
Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Insurance

Stumbled upon this visualization on the Census Bureau website which provides state level data on a variety of economic factors, including:

  • Age (median)
  • Commuting to work (mean travel time)
  • Computer and internet access
  • Education (percent of high school graduates)
  • Employment status
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Household income

Here's the map with commute times by state:


  • Go through each of the economic factors listed for your state and list the data for your state (e.g., our state has a commute time of 32 minutes or greater) and compare to the rest of the country (e.g., our state has a longer commute time than the rest of the country based on the chart). 
    • Teacher tip: Opportunity for a jigsaw where students can report back the results of their research. 
  • Summarize the factors where your state does better than the rest of the country and where it performs worse than the rest of the country. 
  • Which of the factors do you think are most important for economic growth? 
  • What factors do you think have the greatest impact on household income? Explain. 


NGPF's Data Crunch hone your students' analytical skills at interpreting charts and graphs. 


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.