Tilemap circle and Honeycomb maps

Tilemaps are maps where each area is represented by tiles of equal shape. You can choose from circle or honeycomb which uses hexagonal tiles.

Follow the steps in this article to create this honeycomb map showing the estimated population of US states in 2022.

Honeycomb maps are an attractive method of presenting data that maintains the approximate positions of the regions allowing geographical patterns to be illustrated. However, they are limited by the number of categories that can be distinguished using color shading. If more than about seven different categories are required, then an alternative chart type might be more appropriate.

To create this honeycomb map:

  • Open the map wizard and select Categories in the first step
  • Select United States of America in the country menu then click Next
  • Download this .csv file with map data onto your computer
  • Click Upload, select the .csv file and click Open. Alternatively, drag and drop the .csv file onto the data table to upload the data automatically
  • Click Next to move to the Design screen where you can choose a theme for your map. Click an available theme to see how it looks, or stick with the default theme
  • Click Next to move to the Text & Annotations screen where you can add contextual information to your map, such as a title, text labels, captions and more
  • Click Next to move to the Save or Publish screen where you can save your map for later amendment or use, or publish your map

Alternatively, you can click the Continue in Editor button to edit the map further with more granular options. 

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