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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:45 AM

Interactive Map of the United States Has One Dot for Every Human

This is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US Census. The map has 308,450,225 dots - one for each person.



http://bmander.com/dotmap/index.html

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Reply Interactive Map of the United States Has One Dot for Every Human (Original post)
pokerfan Dec 2012 OP
liberal N proud Dec 2012 #1
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #4
pokerfan Dec 2012 #7
Aerows Dec 2012 #21
aptal Jan 2013 #26
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #2
underpants Dec 2012 #14
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #19
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #25
a11ig8r Dec 2012 #3
Jim Lane Dec 2012 #9
a11ig8r Dec 2012 #12
underpants Dec 2012 #13
Jim Lane Dec 2012 #20
slackmaster Dec 2012 #5
ohheckyeah Dec 2012 #6
Rex Dec 2012 #8
AZ Progressive Dec 2012 #10
madinmaryland Dec 2012 #11
Aerows Dec 2012 #22
RandiFan1290 Dec 2012 #15
Bad_Ronald Dec 2012 #16
Dirty Socialist Dec 2012 #17
Brigid Dec 2012 #18
Sadiedog Dec 2012 #23
AsahinaKimi Dec 2012 #24

Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:49 AM

1. If look at a satellite image at night, you get a similar image.



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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:00 PM

4. In fact, I suspect the one in the OP is a negative of your NASA image

and not 'one dot for each person' at all. They look identical in shape, and have features like a lot of lines running north/south and east/west in the mid-west - probably lit highways.

On edit: maybe I'm just being too cynical. There are one or two areas where there may be a difference - what I think is Minneapolis, for example. But the overall correspondence looks surprisingly close.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:52 PM

7. If one follows the link

one will find a pan and zoom map that lets one find their own dot. According to the last census, of course.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:03 PM

21. It was actually generated

with a Python script from block level census data.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:07 AM

26. It's because more people live near highways, exits, etc...

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:51 AM

2. Get off my dot! You stepped on my toe!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:41 PM

14. HEY! that's MY DOT

Get your own.

LOL at your post

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:15 PM

19. ...

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:56 PM

25. Hey! I can't find my dot, I had too much to drink tonight! Can you give me a lift to my dot?

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:54 AM

3. The corridor from Atlanta through the Carolinas is telling.

 

I'm guessing northern transplants sick of cold and snow, they didn't move to the deep south because they still have family up north.

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Response to a11ig8r (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:41 PM

9. I'll go with a different explanation for that pattern.

Most retirees from the North wouldn't be attracted to that largely rural stretch of the South. There are a few exceptions, such as the university town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where a fair number of people do retire, but overall that area isn't culturally congenial to most Northerners. They're more likely to end up in southern Florida. Even if, as you point out, it's farther from people they know back North, a slightly longer or more expensive flight isn't that big a deal.

Here's my guess: That belt is roughly where the coastline was during the Cretaceous period, about a hundred million years ago. The coastal area was conducive to the growth of plankton. When the Earth cooled and the waters receded, the dead plankton left behind soil that was good for growing cotton. As a result, there were more slaves there, and their descendants still live there.

This sounds like lunacy but check out the science behind it: "How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline". According to the maps assembled by Dr. Craig McClain, the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, that stretch is where the Cretaceous coastline was, it's where cotton production was high in 1859, it's where there's a significant black population, and it's where you find a lot of red-state counties that nevertheless went blue in 2008. (The map for 2012 is similar.)

Based on this, I'll guess that population is higher there because of the land's suitability for cotton, with most (though of course not all) of the higher population being the descendants of slaves.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:37 PM

12. That area is mostly Piedmont

 

The earth is red clay. It's the remains of a long ago mountain chain. I don't think it's the black population that is flourishing there because that has been there since colonial times. A lot of retirees gave up the sun and palm trees dreams when they figured they could save a lot of money by buying a piece of land in a rural area, again that's my guess.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:41 PM

13. Sweet Jesus I love DU

Thanks for the info. I don't know that it is conclusive on first read but it sure is interesting.

I get some much great information here. Thanks Jim Lane.

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:55 PM

20. I know what you mean.

I first read about this hypothesis in a post on DU soon after the election. I wouldn't have caught it anywhere else.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:03 PM

5. It looks a lot like a negative of the USA photographed from space at night

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:13 PM

6. OP image inverted in PS:

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:55 PM

8. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:23 PM

10. Nice Map, and that map explains why I like to divide the U.S. between "East" and "West"

It is so remote going between cities in the west (except California), while in the east, you frequently pass by town after town between cities, and there's just a whole lot more cities.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:32 PM

11. If they were red dots, it would be driving a lot of cats crazy!!



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:05 PM

22. That's hilarious

That poor kitty is going crazy trying to catch it!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:43 PM

15. More dots!!

OK stop dots

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:53 PM

17. Where's Waldo?

I think I see him in Manhattan.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:56 PM

18. Hey you kids! Get off my dot!

I seriously can identify Indy on both maps. Cool.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:32 PM

23. So are the dots in the water swimmers?

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:49 PM

24. so, another words....

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