Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where You Live Suggests How You're Likely to Vote

Where you live has a lot to do with how you vote. I've suspected this for a while: Republicans are definitely a conservative party, but Democrats are not necessarily liberal — they're urban.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Every State's Favorite Band

Here's Every State's Favorite Band - Business Insider

Building on yesterday's map, here's a map of the US showing which artist "enjoys the most outsized support in each state."  For an overall summary of the study, visit the link; for a detailed breakdown and analysis, see the original study at Exploring regional listening preferences | Music Machinery.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The State of Music

Thanks to Allan Rothberg for bringing this to my attention. I don't know the original source.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Internet: A Map

I wouldn't go quite as far as "the most brilliant thing ever," but it's pretty cool. Thanks to Tracy Hickman for bringing this to my attention.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Equal Population Earth

Thanks to Allan Rothberg, who brought this to my attention. I can't find a link to the creator or much background on this particular map.

The 124 States of America

Throughout American history, there have been numerous proposals to create new states or redraw state boundaries. What if every single one of them had succeeded? If so, there would be 124 US states today — and here they are. What state do you live in? (Visit the link for more of the story.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, But It Helps

Most of the United States is officially designated as a shortage area for mental health professionals. At the link, you'll find other maps showing areas with shortages of dentists, primary health care providers, and lots more.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

World Unemployment 1991-2018

A GIF of world unemployment since 1991 – Quartz

Unemployment in the United States is a matter of great concern to all of us in the United States...but the rest of the world has unemployment issues too, many far worse than ours. Here's a GIF of world unemployment since 1991, with projections out to 2018. Commentary and source information available at the link.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Unequal Inequality

The Geography of the American Dream - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South? - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic

How likely is it that a child born in the bottom 20% of the economy will rise into the top 20%? The degree of social mobility is a key indicator of the health of American society — without sufficient social mobility, we become a class-stratified society.

Overall measures of social mobility in the United States tend to disguise the fact that it varies tremendously from region to region. This map shows where social mobility is highest (pale yellow) and lowest (deep red). The first of the two links has several additional maps along with discussion of source information and methodology. The second link talks about what factors do (and do not) seem to matter in social mobility.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Moving Pictures

Bruce Townley shared this map of the top rated (by IMdB) movie set in each state. I didn't know that Silence of the Lambs was set in Maryland, but maybe that explains why all these restaurants offer menu item of liver with lava beans with a recommended Chianti pairing.