Posts Tagged 'America'

Some Maps of How Educated America is

Here’s an interesting new interactive map to look through. The US Census Bureau has mapped the United States on a county by county basis based on education level. This is a map of every county in America sorted by high school graduation rate (a darker color indicates a higher percentage):

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Here’s one for the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree (again, a darker color indicates a higher percentage):

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Here’s a better way to look at college graduates per county. in terms of raw numbers:

The message these maps show us is that it’s the Amtrak corridor (Washington DC, New York City, and Boston), the Great Lakes and California that really dominate the battle for the most educated areas of the country. I love it when people take raw boring statistical data and translate into something visually interesting to look at. This is just another interesting way to look at the various regions of America.

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The Regions That Make Up America

The United States is an enormous country with enormous regional differences. Different parts of our country were settled and developed by different people which has led to different attitudes about most of the things that we face and that has largely defined our history. Those differences are often fleshed out in the arena of politics where there have always been regional fights about the issues of the day and those fights have even resulted in a civil war. Well for the first time Colin Woodward and Brian Stauffer of Tufts University have attempted to define the broad regions that make up America both in terms of the composition of the people that live in each region and the general attitude that those regions have about society. They split up the the US and Canada into 11 distinct regions which they call Yankeedom, New Netherlands, Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, Deep South, El Norte, The Left Coast, The Far West, New France, and First Nation. The map and article is a great look at the regional diversity that fundamentally shapes America’s identity and I find that incredibly cool to think about.


Well that certainly explains the difference between North and South Jersey.

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The Man Who Found The Titanic is Now Finding Much More

Most people have a rudimentary knowledge of the Titanic. 101 years ago the unsinkable RMS Titanic sunk off the coast of Canada after crashing into an iceberg on its maiden voyage. 85 years later James Cameron would make an incredibly successful and sappy movie about it and jump-started the acting career of Leonardo DiCaprio. Here’s something you probably didn’t know about the Titanic though. Prior to 1985, we didn’t know exactly where the ship sank and we had no idea what the Titanic looked like at the bottom of the ocean until the wreck was found by a man named Robert Ballard.

It turns out that finding the Titanic was only the tip of the iceberg for Ballard though. National Geographic has a great article on what he’s done since then and it is far cooler than just finding an old shipwreck. Since 1983 the national borders of the United States have included not just the 50 states and various islands like Puerto Rico and Guam, but all ocean 200 miles offshore (provided there’s not another country’s territorial waters in those 200 miles.) Robert Ballard’s mission is to try and map all of that underwater territory in detail. According to him when America’s land area doubled in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark out to explore and map it all. When America’s size doubled again in 1983, there was no accompanying exploration effort until Ballard took up that mission on his own.

Granted the practical use of this knowledge is irrelevant to many people’s lives but it is important to science. There is still much we don’t really know about the deepest depths of the ocean and this effort is an attempt to learn more about it and the creatures that live down there. Simply observing the ocean floor is notoriously difficult due to the extreme water pressure and in some ways it is easier to map outer space because there is nothing standing between our telescopes and the stars beyond. Still I find it fascinating that there are still parts of our country beneath the ocean waves that have yet to even be fully explored and that there is a real effort to change that.


That’s what the ocean floor looks like from far away. Ballard is filling in the details.

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8 Questions about Election Day

Washingtonpost.com has the answers to 8 questions about Election Day. There is much to be said about Election Day, your opportunity to exercise your freedom of choice and right to vote make this day an important one for all Americans. But beyond choosing sides and casting your ballot, you may have some unanswered questions about situations that may arise throughout the voting process. This article will help you uncover answers to some issues and mysteries that can affect the results this Presidential Election Day. Most importantly, remember to get out and vote today… because this is one decision you only get to make every 4 years!

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