1.    29

    reblogged: fyeahgis

     

    April 18, 2014

    mapsandshhtuff:

    meredithfay:

    Well I’ll be damned, Michael Jordan was a geography major at North Carolina. And almost certainly the wealthiest dude to major in it. #mapnerds4lyfe

    Don’t forget Prince William

     
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  2.    5236

    reblogged: fyeahgis

     

    April 16, 2014

    mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading
Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.
Map observations
The map tends to highlight two types of areas:
places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.
Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.
Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.
At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.
Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.
In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.
Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.
::
Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.
I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?
Errata
The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.
::
©mapsbynik 2014 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth Made with Tilemill USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

    mapsbynik:

    Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

    A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

    Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading

    Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.

    Map observations

    The map tends to highlight two types of areas:

    • places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
    • places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.

    Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.

    Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.

    At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.

    Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.

    Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.

    In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.

    Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.

    ::

    Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.

    I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?

    Errata

    • The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
    • Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.

    ::

    ©mapsbynik 2014
    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
    Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau
    Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth
    Made with Tilemill
    USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

     
    usaunited statesmap
  3. April 15, 2014

    that-crazy-girl-from-wisconsin:

classysassyrepublican:

Turn on the app If you feel unsafe hold your finger on the screen. Once arrived to a safe location, enter your code. If your finger leaves the screen without entering the code law enforcement is notified and your location is tracked through your phone.

reblogging bc this seems really useful


This ought to create a map too, if it doesn’t already.Put finger on screen; start tracking phone. Create a map from everyone’s data showing where people felt unsafe and use it to suggest ‘safe’ routes to your destination.Great idea! (but maps could make it better ;)

    that-crazy-girl-from-wisconsin:

    classysassyrepublican:

    Turn on the app If you feel unsafe hold your finger on the screen. Once arrived to a safe location, enter your code. If your finger leaves the screen without entering the code law enforcement is notified and your location is tracked through your phone.

    reblogging bc this seems really useful

    This ought to create a map too, if it doesn’t already.
    Put finger on screen; start tracking phone. Create a map from everyone’s data showing where people felt unsafe and use it to suggest ‘safe’ routes to your destination.
    Great idea! (but maps could make it better ;)

     
    appssafe trek
  4.    43

    reblogged: pokemon-fans

     

    April 12, 2014

    pokemon-fans:

Toying Around with States as Reigonspokemon-fans.tumblr.compokemonfans.net

Minnesota x Pokemon

    pokemon-fans:

    Toying Around with States as Reigons
    pokemon-fans.tumblr.com
    pokemonfans.net

    Minnesota x Pokemon

     
    mapPokemonminnesota
  5.    14421

    reblogged: kookie667

     

    March 29, 2014

    thefrogman:

Sephko [tumblr | twitter | facebook]
     
    americageographyusajokecomic
  6.    100850

    reblogged: kookie667

     

    March 19, 2014

    actuallyjubilationlee:

ladysarabii:

It’s Duck, Duck, Grey Duck dammit.
No one will ever tell me otherwise.

what in the shit is “duck duck grey duck”

It is absolutely a thing, and it is absolutely only a thing in Minnesota.

    actuallyjubilationlee:

    ladysarabii:

    It’s Duck, Duck, Grey Duck dammit.

    No one will ever tell me otherwise.

    what in the shit is “duck duck grey duck”

    It is absolutely a thing, and it is absolutely only a thing in Minnesota.

     
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  7. March 16, 2014

    Geographic distribution of Teams in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
From billsportsmaps.com

    Geographic distribution of Teams in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    From billsportsmaps.com

     
    ncaancaa basketballmarch madnessmapusaamericacollege basketballbasketball
  8.    3
     

    March 11, 2014

    United Steaks of America
(It really bothered me that Venison wasn’t listed ANYWHERE.)

    United Steaks of America

    (It really bothered me that Venison wasn’t listed ANYWHERE.)

     
    United Statesfoodmeatusaunited steaksmap
  9.    196405

    reblogged: austindilley

     

    February 4, 2014

    Okay I see what these two maps are trying to do, being presented side-by-side but let’s try to take away some additional commentary beyond “the most religious states have the highest teen pregnancy rates - insert snide comment”
First of all, shout out to Minnesota for being the best case against this proposed stereotype, with New Jersey and my home state of Wisconsin being other note-able examples failing to directly correlate (remember kids, correlation does not automatically imply causation).Minnesota falls in the lowest tier of teen pregnancy and has the highest ‘Religious Index’ of all states in this tier.  Conversely, Arizona is in the top tier of teen pregnancies while being in the second-most religious category.
So one may have influence on the other, but there will always be counter examples.  and rather than make snide comments about how the ‘Most Religious’ states make too many teen babies, maybe we can help this problem by looking at what states with low teen pregnancy rates and higher religious-ness (Minnesota) are doing that might be welcomed in states with a similar religious index that have high teen pregnancy rates.  Solving the problem of teen pregnancy might not be as simple as that, but I do believe one thing:
Maps are created to better understand the world around us.  That understanding should be used to create positive change and influence the world around us rather than mock those around us.

    Okay I see what these two maps are trying to do, being presented side-by-side but let’s try to take away some additional commentary beyond “the most religious states have the highest teen pregnancy rates - insert snide comment”

    First of all, shout out to Minnesota for being the best case against this proposed stereotype, with New Jersey and my home state of Wisconsin being other note-able examples failing to directly correlate (remember kids, correlation does not automatically imply causation).
    Minnesota falls in the lowest tier of teen pregnancy and has the highest ‘Religious Index’ of all states in this tier.  Conversely, Arizona is in the top tier of teen pregnancies while being in the second-most religious category.

    So one may have influence on the other, but there will always be counter examples.  and rather than make snide comments about how the ‘Most Religious’ states make too many teen babies, maybe we can help this problem by looking at what states with low teen pregnancy rates and higher religious-ness (Minnesota) are doing that might be welcomed in states with a similar religious index that have high teen pregnancy rates.  Solving the problem of teen pregnancy might not be as simple as that, but I do believe one thing:

    Maps are created to better understand the world around us.  That understanding should be used to create positive change and influence the world around us rather than mock those around us.

    (Source: thegodlessatheist)

     
    mapsamericausateen pregnancy
  10.    44

    reblogged: kilgoreandhoover

     

    February 2, 2014

    thelandofmaps:

Online searches for team merchandise by state for the upcoming superbowl. [593x438]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

    thelandofmaps:

    Online searches for team merchandise by state for the upcoming superbowl. [593x438]
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
    thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

     
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