Elizabeth Heyman points us to this display by Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell who write, “We scanned data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey—which covers 3.5 million households—to find out how people are pairing up.” They continue:
For any selected occupation, the chart highlights the five most common occupation/relationship matchups. (For example, male firefighters most often marry female nurses, while female nurses most often marry managers.) Same-sex occupation/relationship matchups weren’t common enough to reach the top five in any occupation. So the chart also highlights the top male-male and female-female job matchups for each occupation.
I find the graph nearly impossible to read. But the data are fascinating. It could be a good class project to display these data in different ways.
As is often the case, the biggest contribution is not in the graphic itself but in the idea of going through the data to display this information in the first place. What a great idea! I look forward to seeing many different displays of different aspects of these data. And, thanks, U.S. government, for providing this information for us.