Visualizing Texas High School SAT Math Scores with Bubble Grids

Two awesome things inspired this post: {ggplot2}’s version 3.0 release on CRAN, including full support for the {sf} package and new functions geom_sf() and coord_sf(), which make plotting data from shapefiles very straightforward. Jonas Scholey’s blog post discussing the use of “bubble grid” maps as an alternative to choropleth maps, which seem to be used more prevalent. As Jonas implies, using color as a visual encoding is not always the best option, a notion with which I strongly agree.