Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

February 2019
February’s collection of 17 maps, when presented together, tells a story of why regional action matters. Ranging from a Rand McNally-style roadway map and a regional transit map to a commute flow diagram and a diversity index, each map shows the viewer a...
January 2019
This month's Map of the Month shows the locations and number of households that receive housing aid through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) program known as the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Program. Funding that goes to...
December 2018
This map illustrates that, between 2011 and 2016, most places in the Bay Area experienced significant rent increases. Many communities saw rent increases of 40% or more in the five-year period. For too many lower income residents in our region, this...
November 2018
Results from the November 6, 2018, statewide election show that the nine-county Bay Area Region played a crucial role in solidifying the results for two measures of great interest to MTC: Proposition 1, a $4 billion bond measure for housing-related loans...
October 2018
This month’s Map of the Month is a different take on red and blue America. In this new analysis by the Washington Post, the colors represent voter turnout levels by county for the 2016 presidential election (red is lower turnout, blue is higher). The...
September 2018
This month's map in illustrates the impact on local pavement condition that could result from the passage or failure of Proposition 6, a statewide measure that has been submitted to California voters for consideration on November 6th, 2018. This trio of...
July 2018
This month’s Map of the Month highlights an absolute decline in the nation’s white non-Hispanic population—accelerating a phenomenon that was not projected to occur until the next decade. America’s white population saw increases between 1790 when the...
June 2018
From 1920 to 2013, 79 million people obtained lawful permanent resident status in the United States. This month’s Map of the Month visualizes all of them based on their prior country of residence. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total...
May 2018
To beat a dead horse, May’s Map of the Month highlights the continued housing production challenges in the Bay Area, comparing Department of Finance housing production data between January 2010 and December 2017 with the Plan Bay Area 2040 housing...
April 2018
April’s Map of the Month was recently featured in a post from CityLab and highlights potential issues with the Census Bureau’s recent decision to include a question about citizenship in the upcoming 2020 Census. Though the issue of adding this question...
March 2018
This month’s Map of the Month highlights Bay Area Opportunity Zones as designated by the State of California Department of Finance. The federal tax bill, passed in December 2017, allows investors to defer or eliminate capital gains on investments made in...
February 2018
This month's Map of the Month identifies locations where Bay Area jurisdictions are required by Senate Bill 35 to streamline the approval process for housing developments that meet certain requirements. A jurisdiction is subject to SB 35’s streamlining...