Best Brookings infographics of 2017

College majors and career paths

As 2017 draws to a close, we look back on the year’s most attractive infographics and interactive tools our team has developed to help readers absorb and enjoy Brookings research. Below are some of our favorites, in no particular order.

Vanda Felbab-Brown’s 2017 Brookings Essay, “The Wall: The real costs of a barrier between the United States and Mexico,” features several graphical representations of President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and its potential impact on crime, immigration, trade, and more.


In “Meet the out-of-work,” Martha Ross and Natalie Holmes of the Metropolitan Policy Program take a deep look at the diverse needs of seven categories of out-of-work Americans, from the “young, less-educated, and diverse” to “highly educated, high-income older people.” The authors then outline several effective strategies to help connect them to jobs.

Infographic: Defining the out of work population

From net neutrality to the Clean Power Plan and more, this interactive deregulation tracker from the Brookings Economics Studies program helps you monitor the Trump administration’s plans and actions on a number of federal regulations. Click through the link or image to use the interactive tool.

Tracking deregulation in the Trump era

Research from Homi Kharas, deputy director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings, suggests we are witnessing the most rapid expansion of the middle class the world has ever seen, with 160 million people worldwide predicted to join its ranks every year over the course of the next five years. This will have important implications for the global economy and carbon emissions.

Global Middle Class

Global Middle Class

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Want to find the highest-earning job for your college major? An interactive report from the Hamilton Project at Brookings tracks the most popular U.S. college majors and the career paths they lead to, based on age and gender. Click through the link or image to use the interactive tool.

College majors and career paths

Public opinion polling data from Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami reveals surprising trends in American attitudes toward three major aspects of U.S. foreign policy. For instance, 63 percent of Americans oppose moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, while 47 percent of Americans believe Russia to be neither an ally nor an enemy of the United States.

The Middle East and Russia: American attitudes on Trump’s foreign policy

When affluent parents help their own child climb the ladder of life, it can mean keeping a disadvantaged child on the ground. That’s part of the central message of Richard Reeves’ best-selling Brookings Press book, “Dream Hoarders.” Click on the link or image to play the game to find out whether or not you are hoarding the American dream for your child.

Image still for Dream Hoarders game

Digital technology is fundamentally changing the way Americans work, the skills they have, and even the salaries they earn. Mark Muro and Sifan Liu from the Metropolitan Policy Program discuss the effects of “digitalization” on occupations of all kinds and the challenges and opportunities it has created in the workplace and economy at large.

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More than sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, Russ Whitehurst, Richard Reeves, Nathan Joo, and Edward Rodrigue examined 86,000 of America’s public schools to determine how closely their racial demographics resemble surrounding neighborhoods. Enter your zip code in the interactive report to see how your school district performs.

Racial demographics and public schools

See the top infographics from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014.