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Comparing experts' definitions of the American middle class
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Best Brookings infographics of 2018

As we enter the final days of 2018, we look back on some of the infographics and interactive tools that we developed over the course of the year to help our audience access and enjoy Brookings research in attractive and easy-to-use ways. Below, you’ll find some of our and our readers’ favorites.


Jung Pak’s Brookings Essay, “The Education of Kim Jong-un,” features a number of graphics on North Korea’s mysterious ruling family, including this family tree depicting four generations of Kims.

Four generations of Kims: A selective history.


As part of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative we launched this year, Richard Reeves, Katherine Guyot, and Eleanor Krause look at how 12 different definitions of America’s middle class can tell very different stories about this group and how they are faring.

Comparing experts' definitions of the American middle class


In an interactive map of the United States, Matt Kasman, Benjamin Heuberger, and Ross Hammond compare state standards of financial literacy education to help today’s high school students navigate the many difficult financial decisions they will face during their lifetimes.

Explore financial literacy policy by state


This infographic, based on a report from Andre Perry, Jonathan Rothwell, and David Harshbarger, illustrates how homes in America’s majority-black neighborhoods are undervalued compared to homes in predominantly white neighborhoods. Explore the report’s interactive map and dashboard to learn about the devaluation of black homes in 113 U.S. cities.

Homeownership while black: the devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods


This infographic, based on survey information collected by Gregory Eady, Justin Vaughn, and Brandon Rottinghaus, illustrates that political scientists think President Trump is the most polarizing president in U.S. history.

Graph of Presidents ranked by level of polarization according to survey data.


Dany Bahar and Douglas Barrios demonstrate through an interactive tool the potential scale of the ongoing refugee crisis that originated in Venezuela, which will depend in part on factors determining the depth of the humanitarian crisis, such as oil production, oil prices, remittances, and foreign aid.

How many more migrants and refugees will flee Venezuela?


A report by William Frey on the U.S. millennial population features an infographic that depicts demographic data about this group of young Americans, including their racial diversity, education levels, and rates of homeownership and marriage.

Millennials: A demographic bridge to America's diverse future


Did you know that dentists in Minnesota make nearly twice as much as dentists in California? This interactive map, which accompanies a report from the Hamilton Project at Brookings, allows readers to explore how earnings for a given occupation vary across different states and metropolitan areas in America.

Where Work Pays


The first edition of the Trans-Atlantic Scorecard, part of the Brookings-Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, distills Brookings experts’ analyses of where U.S.-European relations are and where they’re heading, and provides a snapshot of key facts and figures.

The first edition of the Trans-Atlantic Scorecard


See the top infographics from previous years here: 2017, 2016, and 2015.

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