This graphic is a bit morbid, but is well done and quite powerful. It indicates the location of each suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge from the time it opened in 1937. A related graphic presents deaths per year.

The Sad Tally

Two pieces of data I kept wishing were displayed were the height of the bridge at each point and the chronology of the suicides. Questions this raises (some are answered in the annotations on the graphic):

  1. Why is the east side more popular than the west side?
  2. Why is lampost 69 so popular?
  3. Why is the south end over land more popular than the north end over land?
  4. Why is lampost 11 so popular (for being over land)?

By the way, I like that it gives credit to the illustrator: “Chronicle Graphic by Todd Trumbull.”

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