Which Cities Are On Similar Latitudes?23 Jun 2016
Yesterday afternoon I worked on a small project: I got rid of these annoying things called longitudes and just showed the latitudes of cities and continent borders on a graphic. I published it on Twitter and got TONS of feedback. Some people said that the cities are an odd selection, they wanted to know why I picked Paris over Rome, and some wanted a “‘add your city to this chart’ function”. Well, I’m not a fan of that. But I did extend on the original graphic a little bit, to do more justice to more cities.
I might add some other versions in the future. Maarten Lamrechts said he “Would like to see one with South flipped upwards, y-axis starting at 0”, and that seems like a great idea. And both DDNNNDLNIF and Kavya Sukumar mentioned that they would love to see a version with longitudes. I think that the latitudes are more interesting (because harder to compare on a map) than the longitudes, but it’s worth a try.
If somebody wants to tweak these versions etc, go ahead. It’s all Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA). Here is the data I used for this graphic; pulled from geonames.org. It contains the ten biggest cities for each country.
Edit: Devdutta Bhosale recreated the same idea in Tableau, but on an actual map. And you can compare cities on similar longitudes in his version as well. Thanks, Devdutta!