Posts Tagged 'interactive map'

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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A Real-Time Map of Wind on Earth

The wind is an incredibly interesting thing to think about. It is something that is completely invisible to us. We can hear, feel, smell, and even taste it but we can only see what it does to things that we can see. Ultimately it is just air in our atmosphere moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure and that is one of the most important parts of what makes weather possible on Earth.

I bring this up because I found an incredibly cool interactive globe last night that shows you the wind speeds everywhere on Earth in real-time. Looking at it zoomed out you’ll observe that the strongest winds at any given time will be over our oceans where there’s no land to get in the way. You have to zoom in pretty closely over the continents to actually see how fast the air is moving on land. It is a really fun tool to play around with and it gives you a good sense of what the weather might be like everywhere in the world at the moment.

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If you want to see something really cool, check out Antarctica.

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A Map of America’s Personality Types

It’s no secret that regional stereotypes about people exist in America. While there is some element of truth to stereotypes of all groups of people, it is hard to really scientifically quantify that. It is difficult to determine if New Yorkers really much ruder than the rest of the country of if Californians are really more laid back and creative. Well the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology just released a study covering all that and more. The primary goal of the study was to determine exactly the amount of regional variation in personality types America has.

Generally speaking the country was split among three different personality types: friendly and conventional, relaxed and creative, and temperamental and uninhibited and they released three maps showing the frequency of each personality type appearing in each state. The results are actually kind of what you would expect with few surprises. The state of New York scores very low in the frequency of friendly and conventional, while scoring extremely high in temperamental and uninhibited. The same is true of California which scores way higher in creative types than anything else along with much of the West. At last we finally have some peer reviewed scientific data that backs up what we suspected was true all along.


Sit in traffic on either side of the Hudson River and you’ll understand us.

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A Map All About Pizza

I wish I could go back in time to 17th century Naples and personally thank the unknown Italian who first came up with the idea of baking a flatbread crust with tomato and cheese on top. This staple of poor Neapolitans was introduced to America in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy and its popularity has exploded from there. Fast forward to today and there are now several pizza chains worth hundreds of millions of dollars all over the country competing against one another to offer the best pizza possible. Pizza has come a long way in America in 108 years.

Gizmodo has now quantified the spread of pizza in America with this cool new map. Specifically it will tell you where the closest pizza chain is in any 10 mile radius. The heaviest nationwide hitters are the ones you would probably expect like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s but there are some very strong regional players as well. Even more interesting is that they actually have a chart comparing the distribution of one chain versus another which gives you a much clearer indication as to who has a stronger presence where. Also on a depressing note, there are large swaths of pizza deserts in sparsely populated areas in places like Montana, South Dakota, and Nevada where no chains have opened up shop. Of course this map excludes the presence of small independent pizza places which often produce a better tasting pizza than the chains (at least in New York and New Jersey) so this is not a comprehensive map of all areas where one can get pizza. While I may prefer my local, independently owned pizza shop in New Jersey, it is still really cool to see just how much the pizza business has come to blanket the country.


Apologies to Alaska and Hawaii.

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An Interactive Map of San Francisco… in 1859

Few people know this but the United States once had an emperor. Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico reigned from his seat of power in San Francisco between 1859 and 1880. In reality he was an English businessman who moved to California seeking fortune only to lose all of his money and kind of went crazy as a result. After declaring himself Emperor and publicly demanding the American government submit to his rule he became a local celebrity in San Francisco and was treated like royalty by most of the city though no one with any real power would actually listen to him. His lasting legacy was his repeated decrees that a bridge be built across San Francisco Bay. About 50 years after he died completely penniless the Golden Gate Bridge was built and today there is even a political effort to rename the bridge after Norton.

The Smithsonian has a great interactive map of San Francisco in 1859 when Norton began his reign compared to a satellite image of the city today. Back then it was the largest city in California but only about 56,000 people lived there which was tiny compared to the bigger cities back east. Most of what is now urban San Francisco was either wilderness or farmland back then. The other really shocking thing I found about that map was just how much people built over bodies of water. There was a creek that emptied out into a cove in the Bay back then but today that creek is underground and that cove is filled in completely. Looking back at these maps makes me marvel about just how quickly our cities got built up.

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Norton’s imperial capital then and now.

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An Interactive Map of Chicago… in 1868

Chicago is now America’s third largest city and is by far the biggest metropolis in the middle of America. They’re well known for once having the world’s tallest building, deep dish pizza, a baseball team that hasn’t won the World Series in over a century, and changing their mayor about as often as the Pittsburgh Steelers change their head coach. It is also a very new city. 200 years ago it didn’t even exist and now it is home to 2.7 million people. Unlike places like New York or Boston you won’t find very many traces of Chicago’s early history from before the Civil War though. This is because just about the entire city burned to the ground in 1871 and the new buildings that were rebuilt bore little resemblance to the old ones. This is in part why Chicago was able to build the world’s first skyscraper in 1885. We do have a way of seeing what Chicago looked like before the fire though. Here is an interactive map of Chicago with a recent satellite image superimposed over an 1868 map of the city. As you can see the streets themselves were relatively unaffected by the fire and the grid pattern has largely stayed the same. The biggest difference that I can see is that the city has pushed out the shores of Lake Michigan. Most of the now famous Lakeshore Drive was underwater prior to the fire. I love maps like these because it is a great reminder of how far we’ve come over the years.

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Chicago before the Cubs could disappoint them.

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An Interactive Map of Washington DC… In 1851

Our nation’s capital has an interesting past. When America won its independence from Britain, the city didn’t even exist. In fact the nation’s capital changed 13 different times between 1776 and 1800 moving between 9 separate cities. Why then did the country decide to create a brand new national capital on the Potomac River in 1800? Politics. In exchange for the federal government assuming the massive war debts racked up by the northern states in the Revolutionary War, they agreed to move the national capital south to a small piece of land between Maryland and Virginia.

Since officially becoming the official seat of America’s federal government it has gone through many trials and tribulations. The entire city was torched to the ground by British soldiers in the War of 1812 and the city was under martial law and constantly threatened during the Civil War. But through it all it rose up to become an awe-inspiring city with the majestic monuments and museums of the National Mall bringing in millions of people every year.

But what if I told you that when Abraham Lincoln was president the location where his memorial would eventually be built was underwater? That is one of the many cool things that you can find out with this interactive map of Washington DC. This map combines a satellite image of the city today with a map of the capital from 1851. It reveals some really cool things that I never knew about the city before. The Potomac River was much wider than it is today and about half of today’s National Mall used to be submerged. The place where RFK Stadium now stands was also similarly underwater. The street grid that the city followed then is almost completely unchanged from 1851. But perhaps my favorite thing that I found out from this map was that it called what we call the White House the “President’s House” which when you think about it seems like a much more sensible name for that building. It is definitely a cool little tool worth checking out.

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The Washington Monument used to be the end of the mall.

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