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Visualizing The Lifespan of Every U.S. President

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Visualizing The Lifespan of Every U.S. President

Visualizing The Lifespan of Every U.S. President

During any presidential election, it’s common for the electorate to look at the age of a politician, as well as their specific leadership experience, in order to gauge an appropriate fit.

Interestingly, of the 44 presidents sworn to office since 1789, there is quite a range in the starting points of presidencies, going from 42 years (Teddy Roosevelt) to 70 years (Donald Trump).

The average age for inauguration, however, is at the center of this bell curve at 55 years old:

Average age of taking office

Today’s data visualization, which comes from Reddit, shows a timeline of the life of each president, highlighting when they were inaugurated, when they left office, and when they eventually passed away (or their current age, if still alive).

The Oldest Presidents

At an age of 70 years old, Donald Trump edges out Ronald Reagan (69 years) as the oldest person to be inaugurated as president in the country’s history. However, because Reagan served two terms, it is possible that Trump will not be able to beat Reagan as the oldest U.S. president at the time of leaving office.

Reagan was 77 years, 349 days when he finished his second term.

Reagan lived for the third-longest of all presidents, but was beat out by Gerald Ford, who lived to the age of 93 years and 165 days. Very recently, George H.W. Bush recently became the oldest person to have previously served as president – he turns 94 in June 2018.

Unexpected Ends

As you can see in the visualization, there were eight presidents to die while in office.

Lincoln, Garfield, Mckinley, and JFK were assassinated – all by gunshot. Meanwhile, Harrison, Taylor, Harding, and FDR died of natural causes in office.

The Youngest Presidents

The youngest president was Teddy Roosevelt at age 42.

Even though Barack Obama was viewed as young when he started his first term at age 47 – he was actually edged out by JFK (43 years), Bill Clinton (46 years), and Ulysses S. Grant (46 years) as well.

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Arms Sales: USA vs. Russia (1950-2017)

This intense animation plots data on nearly 70 years of arms sales, to compare the influence of the two superpowers from the Cold War to modern times.

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Arms Sales: USA vs. Russia (1950-2017)

Between countless proxy wars and the growing threat of nuclear catastrophe, the Cold War created an unprecedented geopolitical climate.

For nearly half a century, the world’s two biggest superpowers were scrambling to top one another by any means necessary. It was a tension that ignited everything from the space race to sports rivalries, with the impact often spilling over to neighboring nations.

Not only did the U.S. and Soviet Union duke it out in the mother of all arms races – they also extended their influence by selling arms outside of their borders. Interestingly, this latter race continues on until today, almost three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Visualizing Arms Sales

Today’s animation comes from data scientist Will Geary, and it shows the history of international arms sales originating from the U.S. and the Soviet Union (later Russia) from 1950 to 2017.

More specifically, using data from the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, the animation shows the geographic movement of arms from country to country as well as the evolving share of the arms trade held by the respective countries. The video is also pleasantly backed by audio that represents music from each decade, ranging from Buffalo Springfield to The Clash.

Peak Arms Dominance

If you watch the pie chart in the upper left corner of the animation, you’ll see that the early-1960s is the peak of U.S. and Soviet arm dominance – at this point, around the same time as the Cuban Missile Crisis and then the JFK assassination, the two superpowers combined for 80% of global arms sales.

In the 1960s, the biggest customers of U.S. arms were Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan – while the Soviets sent the most weapons to Egypt, Poland, and East Germany.

Fall of the Wall

By the 1980s, the global arms trade started dying down as Soviet leaders like Gorbachev focused on domestic reforms, and eventually perestroika.

Later, the Soviet Union dissolved, and arms sales continued to plunge all the way to 2001:

Arms exports by year

Since then, arms sales have been ramping up again – and today, they are back at levels last seen before the Berlin Wall came down.

The Modern Era

Who is selling the most arms, according to the last 10 years of data?

Arms sales by country

Even though the Cold War is now long gone, the U.S. and Russia have kept their legacy of international arms sales going well into the 21st century.

And today, the two nations combine for roughly 60% of arms sales, with top U.S. weapons manufacturers like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon getting a big slice of that pie.

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Which Countries Are Set to Attract the Highest Skilled Workers from Abroad?

The world’s most innovative companies want to get the best talent at any cost. See whether their home countries are helping or hurting their odds.

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For the world’s most innovative companies, the stated goal of attracting top talent is not simply an HR mantra – it’s a matter of survival.

Whether we’re talking about a giant like Google that is constantly searching to add world-class engineers or we’re talking about a startup that needs a visionary to shape products of the future, innovative companies require access to high-skilled workers to stay ahead of their competition.

The Global Search for Talent

There’s no doubt that top companies will go out of their way to bring in highly-skilled workers, even if they must look internationally to find the best of the best.

However, part of this recruitment process is not necessarily under their control. The reality is that countries themselves have different policies that affect how easy it is to attract people, educate and develop them, and retain the best workers – and these factors can either empower or undermine talent recruitment efforts.

Today’s infographic comes from KDM Engineering, and it breaks down the top 25 countries in attracting high-skilled workers.

Which Countries Are Set to Attract the Highest Skilled Workers from Abroad?

If attracting the best people isn’t hard enough, there is another factor that can complicate things: the best people are sometimes not found locally or even nationally.

For top companies, recruitment is a global game – and it’s partially driven by the policies of governments as well as the quality of life within their countries’ borders.

Top Countries for Attracting High-Skilled Workers

Using data from the United Nations and the Global Talent Competitive Index, here are the top 10 countries that are the best at attracting and retaining highly-skilled workers.

They are ordered by overall rank, but their sub-category ranks are also displayed:

Overall RankCountryEnableAttractGrowRetainMigrants
#1๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland#2#5#5#12,438,702
#2๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore#1#1#13#72,543,638
#3๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom#8#11#7#58,543,120
#4๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States#11#16#2#846,627,102
#5๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden#9#13#8#41,639,771
#6๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia#17#6#9#146,763,663
#7๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg#21#2#17#3249,325
#8๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark#3#15#3#15572,520
#9๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland#6#21#4#9315,881
#10๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway#13#14#10#2741,813

The subcategory ranks are defined as follows:

  • Enable: Status of regulatory and market landscapes in country
  • Attract: Ability to attract companies and people with needed competencies
  • Grow: Ability to offer high-quality education, apprenticeships, and training
  • Retain: Indicates quality of life in country

According to the data, Switzerland (#1) and Singapore (#2) are the two best countries for attaining and keeping high-skilled workers.

While the regulatory environments in both of these countries are well-known by reputation, perhaps what’s more surprising is that Singapore scores the #1 rank in the “Attract” subcategory, while Switzerland is the #1 country for retaining talent based on quality of life.

Another data point that stands out?

The United States has a higher total migrant population (46.6 million) than all of the countries on the top 10 list combined. Not surprisingly, the massive U.S. economy also has a high ranking in the “Grow” category, which represents available opportunities to bring high-skilled workers to the next level through education and training.

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