In a nutshell: Have you always wondered who is the most famous or notable person from your hometown? Surprise no more as a senior map designer at Mapbox recently put together an interactive map featuring the most famous people from around the world.

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Topi Tyukanov’s project uses cross-validated database famous people to showcase the birthplaces of public figures. The developer has changed the data to only show one person from each unique geographic location with the highest fame rank, meaning that if there is more than one famous person in a given city, it will only show the most famous person.

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Tyukanov said in statement also uses the rank value and the renown “sum value” to determine how big names are displayed on the map.

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The results can be filtered by various categories, including culture, leadership, sports, and science. The default map is “everything”, so you’ll need to tinker to discover all the hidden gems.

In my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, for example, music artist Justin Timberlake was the most popular with “everyone” selected, but when I switched to “sports” he changed to professional wrestler Ric Flair. Zooming out a bit, the surrounding areas are mostly home to other professional wrestlers like Jerry Lawler and Kamala, as well as former and active NFL players like KJ Wright, Greg Hardy and Patrick Willis.

The database measures prominence based on five key metrics, including the number of editions of each person’s Wikipedia, the length of all biographies, the average number of biographical views between 2015 and 2018, the total number of external links from Wikidata, and the number of non-missing items from Wikipedia or Wikidata for fields such as date of birth, gender, and sphere of influence.

The map is not limited to the US, so you can explore regions and celebrities from all over the world. Surely it would be easy to spend hours just watching and learning.

Are there any interesting celebrities from your hometown? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

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