These mesmerising maps show just how noisy your city can be

If you live in a major city, you’re probably used to some background noise.

Still, some streets are noisier than others, whether that’s because they’re close to transportation hubs like airports or there’s just a lot of construction in the neighbourhood. 

Online real estate platform Trulia enlisted the help of CartoDB to create maps that show the noisiest neighbourhoods in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. The animated maps show the frequency of noise complaints across the city over a five-year span, starting in December 2009 and ending in June 2015.

The maps light up with yellow for each noise complaint and become red as complaints become more frequent in a particular area. 

 They’re mesmerising to watch. Here’s a look at New York City, where noise complaints appear to be fairly evenly distributed. 

In San Francisco, the noisiest residents appear to be concentrated in the Tenderloin, the Upper Haight, and the Mission.  

And in Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District get the most noise complaints.  


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