Geography, Class, and the Fate of Passengers on the Titanic

Posted on August 10th, 2012 by

GIS software maker ESRI has created a fabulous series of story maps showing how class and geography intersected to influence a person’s odds of surviving the sinking of the Titanic. First class passengers had a 38% survival rate and were largely from the United States, in particular, New York City. On the other hand, a mere 26% of Third Class passengers survived and they were largely immigrants moving to the United States from Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, and Lebanon. Five years ago, a Gustavus GEG-101 student did her paper on just this topic with similar results. The Gustavus student also mapped the hometowns of the crew members and found that they were largely from Southampton, England–probably the place most devastated by the disaster.

The RMS Titanic, 1912, Source: Wikimedia Commons.


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