So there was a great FiveThirtyEight visualization this week that had a county-level sequential map showing disease related deaths. Their map had AK and HI so it reminded me that I still wasn’t satisfied with any of my current solutions in Tableau. In doing a little research, I found that was referred to as the Albers US Projection.
I knew that I was out of my league when I couldn’t find a shapefile in that format, so I collaborated with my colleague, Jake Riley. Jake did all of the hard work and the next morning he provided me with a Tableau dataset capable of making these awesome maps.
He made both the state and county versions and I have included the CSV files here:
Since the FiveThirtyEight map was so compelling, I went back to the source data and pulled information for some of the more interesting changes in fatality rates by disease between 1980 and 2014. I then created a small multiple map, but used the same color scheme as the original.
Here is the custom color scheme:
<color-palette name=”FiveThirtyEight Seq Map” type=”ordered-sequential” >
I’m really excited about how clean this looks, and you can check out my working dashboard by clicking on the image below.