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A new data analysis effort from the Washington Post titled “The top 10 places people are moving, and how their choices differ by race” offers some interesting insights into where people are ending up when they come from…elsewhere. Though it’s not the article’s intent, the first thing we notice is that New York City is number one in attracting sheer masses, huddled and otherwise. And the biggest comparable block of hopeful humanity is coming “from abroad.” The attraction factor gets more complex, though, when we adjust for size, looking at the percentage of the overall population the newcomers comprise. In that case, metro areas like Colorado Springs and San Jose move to the top. And what about race? Even more complicated.

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Mapping 6000 Years of Urban Settlements

Previously, 6sqft featured an interactive map from Esri that showed how the world’s population boomed over the course of 2,000 years. Now comes a new paper and visualization (h/t CityLab) from Scientific Data that takes population and archeological records from as far back as 2250 B.C. and transforms them into a fascinating map that reveals the world’s first recorded urban centers, and how they’ve distributed themselves over 6,000 years.

the complete map here

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While we all like to think of New York City as the center of the universe, our little metropolis really only started to pulsate in the last couple hundred years. Way, way before this (think 1 A.D.) ancient civilizations like the Mayans experienced “urban booms” of their own. This mind-boggling interactive map made by Esri puts thousands of years of global population growth into perspective, ultimately showing us that NYC is kind of just a blip on the radar—or in this case, the 2,000-year timeline of life.

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