Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dot Map

I saw this last night on Cartoon Network during Adult Swim watching "Family Guy" because my local Fox station had blocked programing from Dish (my television provider) for about five weeks and Cartoon Network was the only place to see the new Family Guy episodes.  Okay, that's probably more than you wanted to know.

Here is a map with one dot for every person in the U.S. and Canada according to U.S. and Canada census data.  As the website state:
This is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US and 2011 Canadian censuses. The map has 341,817,095 dots - one for each person.
And you can actually zoom in to see individual dots.

What I find fascinating is, starting at the splotch in Texas that I assume is San Antonio, you can almost follow a line north (a not quite straight line) to what looks like Winnipeg, Canada.  East of that line there is almost no empty space and a lot of dark smudges.  West of that, there's a lot of empty space and almost no smudges until you get to the West Coast/I-5 corridor.

I think a lot of people living in the crowded eastern half of the continent don't realize how much empty space there is out West.

And I think a lot of people living the the West don't realize how packed the people are in the East.  We take our open spaces for granted.  I can hope in my car, drive an hour, and be where you can't see anything human-built (except the road).

Anyway, fun map that somebody wasted a lot of time on.

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