Interactive graphics showing the patterns in which we live together are becoming really common. They’re a useful way to think about our world.
This is important in macroeconomics, because we choose to live in places near others, and we agglomerate around areas where living standards are either high or growing quickly.
Today’s addition to this is that the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (part of the federal Department of Transportation) has produced a map of noise pollution. It’s interactive, so you should click through.
Obviously, most of it is related to airports and roads. But, of course, where do you want to live? Probably within an easy drive of an airport. Here’s a screen capture that readily shows the pattern of where we are living our lives and spending our days in the Great Basin:
Just about every place in the region you’ve ever spent time in is on these orange lines.
Cross-posted from SUU Macroblog, which is required reading for my macroeconomics classes.