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.

June 2014
According to population estimates recently released by the California Dept. of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Bay Area is the fastest growing region in the state. San Jose, followed by San Francisco and Oakland have the highest...
May 2014
On May 1, 2014, the California Department of Finance (DOF) released city, county, and state population estimates updated through the end of year 2013, which includes detailed data on housing production for the San Francisco Bay Area. This map depGicts...
April 2014
According to figures recently released by the U.S. Census, America’s largest metro areas are currently gaining population at impressive rates. The growth in these areas is in fact driving much of the population growth across the nation. Upon closer...
March 2014
The auto industry has become so globalized, you can find the same Ford in Detroit and in Beijing. So it's not surprising that Americans' taste in passenger vehicles has become a bit homogenized. To find how much difference there is in Americans car-...
February 2014
This map illustrates the total regional sea level projected for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100, relative to year 2000, for a transect along the west coast. The shape of the curve is dominated by the change in vertical land motion at about 40 degrees...
November 2013
Metropolitan areas, the powerhouses of the nation's economy, are pursuing a diverse range of strategies to improve their transportation systems - by expanding public transit, widening roadways, and preserving existing infrastructure built by prior...
September 2013
From the 1930s to 2003, there was a high correlation between miles driven and state GDP. The greater the number of miles driven the higher the state GDP. Starting in 2003, these two parameters began to diverge, due to a lack of growth in the amount of...
July 2013
China invests 8.5% of its GDP on infrastructure. This amount almost doubles the combined infrastructure investment of the European Union (2.6% GDP) and the United States (2.6% GDP). In fact, it far exceeds what any other country or region spends; China’s...
June 2013
This map and chart illustrates total vehicle miles traveled on all roads across the country. The data is based upon traffic volume trends data collected by the U.S. D.O.T data from January 1971 to February 2013. Since June 2005, vehicle miles driven have...
April 2013
This map highlights the results of a study conducted by the Brookings Institute which shows the distribution of private-sector employment within 35 miles of the top 100 metro area downtowns. The study concluded that:Steep employment losses following the...
March 2013
This map illustrates highway improvement performance by state from 1989-2008. A performance index has been prepared to highlight the total number of categories in which each state showed improvement. The darker the shade of green, the more categories of...
February 2013
In 2008, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created a Neighborhood Stabilization Program to provide emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources...