There is a map that you can use to locate the most famous people in a particular city. We’ll explain who came up with the strange idea and how the whole thing works.

In our everyday lives, we usually use maps to find certain places or to display gas stations and restaurants. We rarely try to find specific people. However, there is a card that fulfills exactly this function. It doesn’t just show you random people – but the most famous people in a particular city.

Map shows the most famous people in your city

When you open the curious map, you will see the names of famous people around the globe. If you click on one of them, a small legend will also appear. It contains the celebrity ranking of the corresponding person and shows what gender they are and whether they are still alive.

In the menu on the left you can choose from a few filters. This gives you the opportunity to display targeted people from a specific industry, such as culture or sport.

If you zoom in closer, you can also explore smaller areas. Overall, however, geographical knowledge is required. Although you can also switch to the country and place names in the menu, the map does not show both at the same time.

Curious Maps: Data sources from Wikipedia and Wikidata

The idea for the map comes from the Finnish Topi Tjukanov. He is a professional map maker and works at the mapping and location cloud platform Mapbox. “Did you know that Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar and Barack Obama in Honolulu?” the developer writes on his X profile.

The data for the project comes largely from Wikipedia and Wikidata. A research group had collected them and created a database of the most notable people and published them in the science magazine Nature published. Tyukanov used it for his card. However, he prepared the data in such a way that only the person with the highest level of popularity is displayed for each geographical location.

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