A nifty map pinpoints practically every job in the United States, revealing the economic character of America’s metropolitan areas, which also helps to inform the local culture.
The interactive graphic, created by Harvard PhD student Robert Manduca, is made up of color-coded dots: red represents manufacturing and logistics, blue is professional services, green is healthcare, education and government, and yellow is retail, hospitality and other services.
“These kinds of maps are great when you’re talking about individuals,” Manduca told CityLab. “Especially when you’re talking about jobs, because jobs are more concentrated than people. It gets across how tightly packed they are in many U.S. cities.”
Washington, D.C. area
When you zero in on Washington, D.C., the seat of the U.S. government, it’s no surprise that green dots dominate the landscape. Overall, there are 2,711,000 federal workers — not including non-civilian military — and 521,300 of those jobs are in the Washington area.
New York area
The map shows lots of green and blue in the New York area, home to Wall Street, which is known as a key financial hub.
Houston, Texas area
Red dots — manufacturing and logistics jobs — are plentiful in the areas of Miami, Florida, and Houston, Texas,
Miami, Florida area
Las Vegas, Nevada area
Yellow dots — representing retail and hospitality — show tourism fuels the economy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To make his map, Manduca used employer-reported data from the U.S. Census. See the full interactive map here.