Zip Code – Data Visualization

November 16th, 2008 by Livingston | Print Zip Code – Data Visualization

Ben Fry’s Zipdecode tool is over 4 years old, but I’m still impressed with its elegant design, usability and representation of every day data.  Still trying to fine tune this from a sourcing standpoint, but for some reason it helps me to visualize this site when I’m thinking about zip code radius search.  there are times when tweaking the zip code units or tens digit is all you need, combined with the numrange feature of google and you’re good to go, and don’t have to write long Boolean “OR” statements that encompass all possible 5 digit numbers.

For example, let’s say we’re searching within a commutable distance of Spokane, WA (~99223).  Take a look at Fry’s Zipdecode map and the difference between 992__ , 993__ and 994__ .  We then know that zip codes from 99200 – 99300 cover the Pacific Northwest.  A simple numrange search in Google, inurl:resume wa 99200..99300, pulls resumes with any zip code between these numbers, and from Fry’s map, we know they’re in the vicinity of Spokane.
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