I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Simple wins out every time. Case in point, working with demographic information. Sure you can spin it up all up in a spatial database, analyse it with R and then output some pretty PDFs. Or just roll it all in to Google Fusion Tables and output this beautiful thing.

WNYC 2010 Census Maps

John Keefe shows how he did it. Spoiler alert!

Using Google Fusion Tables made it super easy to manage, map and serve up a lot of data. And the FT feedback team was fantastic about responding to questions and glitches I encountered along the way.