Timely that Mercer published its World Cost of Living Survey yesterday (12 June 2012) as I’ll be moving to San Francisco soon for a super cool data viz opportunity with Facebook. I thought for sure that San Francisco would be in the top 50 (we had some serious sticker shock look at houses out there!!), but it’s not.
Select data was released by the Guardian. They posted this infographic (click to enlarge), but I found it a bit difficult to circumnavigate. It’s challenging to find patterns and compare the data. For me, there’s too much information in one view. It’s good for an overview and to print, but challenging for analysis.
Note that the data is a subset of countries; it does not represent the top 50.
I downloaded the data and built this simple viz in Tableau.
I wanted to be able to compare countries and two expenditures simultaneously, so I used Tableau’s parameters feature to allow you to choose the what you want to compare.
I intentionally included both a map and scatterplot so that you have multiple methods for comparing the data. Click on a country on the map or a circle in the scatterplot to highlight the country. Hover over a circle for more information.
The 2nd tab is a reproduction of the infographic the Guardian produced. It’s for reference only. I doubt you can glean much insight from it.
There are some expenditures that I would have expected to correlate highly that don’t. Blue jeans vs. cinema is a good example of this. Or a cup of coffee and a newspaper. Don’t those two go hand in hand?