My dear friend +Thomas Baekdal
shared an interactive streamgraph from the NY times, http://goo.gl/MsxVoI
, that I found to be immensely insightful. It is not new, from 2014, but it is amazing how relevant the insights are today.
The first graph is people who currently live in California, where did they come from.
The second one shows where people who were born in California end up.
The pictures are pretty remarkable. Loads of new ideas (people, ethnicity, origins) flowing it. Very few flowing out because of what the great state has to offer for the present and the future.
Compare this to a randomly chosen state like Iowa.
Fewer people are flowing into the state, and even if they do then it is basically the immediate vicinity.
The fourth image shows that a good chunk of people in Iowa move out, but that the overall percentage is roughly same.
This type of data raises lots of interesting questions.
+ Is California's success ($8 bil budget surplus under Gov. Brown!), due to it's openness culturally and acceptance of new people/ideas?
+ Are Iowa's politics over time more and more concentrated because of the result of the two graphs?
+ Could some of the BS in the air at the moment in our country around immigration (costs and benefits) be easily be cleared up with some data?
+ Should we consider some encouragement if you go through the deep south (see the data) and notice over time that people stay where they are born and there is little immigration (from within the US and outside the US)?
There are many others of course that you'll come up as well as you play with the data: http://goo.gl/MsxVoI
I welcome your questions as well as observations. Thanks!