Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration

Visualizing who immigrated to the U.S. between 1820 and 2013

#4 Product of the DayJune 07, 2016

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Max Galka
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@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
Awesome surprise to see my map make it on Product Hunt!
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
@galka_max Great work. Was a bit surprised, especially based on how we discuss immigration in the news today.
Dave Kang@davekang
@galka_max this is cool. It would be interesting to see the same animation, but of people leaving the US over the same time period. I assume more people come than go?
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@davekang Yes, I agree. I've spent a lot of time looking for that data, but the U.S. does not track it. The best estimates I've found go back only a few decades. Still some interesting trends though. Here is the best work I've found on the topic, great series of posts: https://medium.com/migration-iss...
Max Galka
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@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@charles_kunene Thanks. What about it surprised you? The message it conveys? The lack thereof?
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
@galka_max The current political debate on immigration is centered around people from countries that are predominantly Muslim or Hispanic speaking nations - without acknowledging that those countries only account for a small amount, historically, of immigration to the U.S. This part of the current political climate really frustrates me. I'd be interested to hear if your figures are based on only 'legal' immigration or factor in both legal and illegal immigrants?
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@charles_kunene I agree. Some of the political rhetoric shows a real lack of knowledge/respect for our history. We are all immigrants, a few generations removed. The data is explained in more detail here: http://metrocosm.com/animated-im... It includes only people who obtained permanent resident status, which excludes most illegal immigration.
Graham Street@itsgs · Co-founder, BrandedBridgeLine
@galka_max Awesome! I'm really inspired to do something similar for some other countries. Is this a project somewhere that others can build off of? seems like a great project for collaboration.. Truly an excellent execution of just enough data, just enough movement to keep interest, and telling a very effective story (but one that will be interpreted by each perhaps differently.)
Syed Khan@syed_khan · TheGO: Video Review & Discovery App
@galka_max good job!!
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@itsgs I know you posted this a white ago, but if you're still interested in creating maps like this one, I just launched a mapping platform that you should check out: https://blueshift.io. It's currently invite-only, but if shoot me a message with your email, I can send you a registration link. http://metrocosm.com/contact/
Ryan Hoover
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@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Neat visualization. Each dot represents 10,000 people.
Dilyar Askar@dilyaraskar · Canadian Entrepreneur pioneering;
Yea, that was absolutely mesmerizing and very educational. If you look over it carefully, you will notice a lot of knowledge bombs, like after the 1936, immigration to US seems to calm down dramatically for a couple of years, i wonder why...... ;)
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@dilyaraskar Thanks! There is a good reason for that. After WWI there was a big influx of immigration, so in the 20's the government began limiting it with immigration quotas. The quotas were repealed in the 1960's, which is when the immigration picks back up.
Gabe@gabrielpetrolio
Going to school and studying these days is much more exciting... 🤓 good ol' days!
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@gabrielpetrolio That's exactly what I find so cool about data visualization. You've probably already seen it, but if not, you should check out some of the videos by Hans Rosling -- it will be the most entertaining and educational 20 minutes you'll spend all week :) https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_r...
Alice Thwaite@alicelthwaite · Founder, Hattusia & Echo Chamber Club
Love this! Seriously cool stuff. Would be so interesting to see migration from the US as well at the same time. Sometimes a map like this can make people think they are inundated with migrants, when actually a lot of people are moving around.
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@alicelthwaite You're right. Despite all the recent talk about Mexican immigration, the net immigration flow with Mexico is actually negative now. When you add up all legal migration, illegal migration, and deportations in both directions, there are more people leaving the U.S. for Mexico than the other way around. It would have been great to include outbound migration in the map, but unfortunately the U.S. does not track it and the estimates I've been able to find don't go back very far.
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
I love this, both for the historical context and the mesmerizing nature of it.
Max Galka
Maker
@galka_max · Builder of dataviz things
@adammarx13 Thank you Adam. Glad to hear you liked it.