Using Google Maps For Demographics

Google's four-month old mapping service is being used in interesting ways to display a wide variety of demographic information.
June 13, 2005, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Thanks to Adrian Holovaty, 24, who overlayed Chicago Police Department crime statistics on a Google map, house-hunters in the Albany Park neighborhood can pinpoint all the sexual assaults in the district between May 19 and April 19 on a single map. With each crime marked by a virtual pushpin, Chicagoans can quickly learn what dangerous train stations, pool rooms and alleys to avoid.

...Home buyers can pinpoint the locations of houses in their price range at And renters can turn to, which melds the technologies of Craigslist and Google, to spot available housing in 29 cities including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Thursday, June 9, 2005 in Technology Review
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