Example Numeric Maps

The two maps below present the same source data in the same number of classes (four), but the first is an equal-interval map while the second is equal-number (quantile). The equal-interval scheme divides the numeric range into subranges of equal size; the equal-number scheme places the states into classes of the same size (in this case, four classes with roughly 14 states / territories in each).

Note that the equal-interval map highlights that South Dakota and Ohio are outliers.  The decision to use equal-interval vs. equal-number classification depends on the content owner’s public health message regarding the data.

Note regarding tooltips:  These two maps illustrate the differences between the “click” and “hover” option for desktop viewports.  Both maps have navigation URLs.  The top map illustrates the “click” action, which displays the state data in a modal with a “learn more” link to supporting content. The bottom map uses the “hover” action, which displays the state data in an on-hover tooltip.  To navigate to the supporting content, click the state.

Page last reviewed: August 12, 2020
Content source: WCMS / Template Team