An Explanatory Graphic: How People Live in Different Cities

This graphic compares the types of housing you’ll find in the 40 largest cities in the U.S.

I’ve suggested before that it’s time to replace clichéd infographics with what Nigel Holmes calls “explanation graphics.”

To show what I mean, I’ve decided to start linking to graphics that help people understand something in a clearer way than they could if reading raw numbers.

This graphic is from a Washington Post “WonkBlog” post about the kind of housing you’ll find in different cities. At the bottom of the post, there’s a chart like this that displays the 40 largest cities in the U.S.

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(Click image for larger view. Visit the Washington Post for a chart that goes 40 cities deep.)