Ever think you see the same streets in EVERY town? Well, that's because you do. Turns out that a lot of that street naming is regional. Check out the map and the Washington Post to see what the most popular street names are in your state.
Every road has a story. For some, it’s simple… this is a road where we needed a road. For others, it’s a slice of history. The names of those roads often reflect a local feel that comes to life when you see them put against other areas. That’s why I love this data piece in the Washington Post.
Jeff Guo uses current data analytics to go through the ’93 Census to find what makes each state unique and where there might be similarities. What he found was pretty interesting, especially when it comes to the heavy favorites (numbered streets) versus names streets…
For decades we have believed that the most popular name for a road was “2nd.” But by my analysis, that crown actually goes to “Park.”
Out of over a million roads in the United States, 9,640 are named “Park.” Only 8,232 are named “2nd,” or “Second.”
Still, both the Census and I agree that “2nd” is a more popular road name than “1st.” The most convincing explanation anyone has come up with so far is that in many towns the primary thoroughfare is “Main” street instead of “1st” street. Because those two names split the honor, so to speak, they tumble in the rankings.
Jeff has done an amazing job digging into the data to create a national list of the most popular street names as a top 10 list for each state. I highly recommend the blog, and KEEP SCROLLING! It’s long, but for data and data visualization junkies, it’s worth the length.
What mundane facts would you like to see come to life through big data and visualization? I love this stuff.