Sunday, July 27, 2008

Now here's an idea...

Fakeisthenewreal, the same online presence who crunched the data to figure out the most- and least-densely-populated block groups, has redrawn the U.S. map into 50 equally-populated states:Unfortunately he didn't show how he did his calculations*, nor did he make available any more detailed maps showing exactly where the boundaries are. But it is kind of fun to play with maps this way.

* If you don't want to crawl through too much data, you could approximate things by creating clusters of eight and two-thirds congressional districts. Counting the District of Columbia as a congressional district to get 436 districts, you'd have eight remaining thirds of districts to distribute after you divide that total by 8 2/3. You could even things up well by tacking them onto the clusters in states with smaller districts**. The annoying thing there is that the boundaries of congressional districts are so gerrymandered in most states that they don't represent any coherent geographical concepts.

** Congressional districts represent an average of about 650,000 people each, but differ slightly from state to state, as each state has an integer number of representatives.


At Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:38:00 AM PDT, Anonymous doafy said...

I like the state name "Nice Weather"

At Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:16:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

"Land O' Lakes" is good, too. What's up with "Loving Hands" for Utah and the rest of the LDS-influenced area? I guess it generally refers to Jesus, but does it have some particular significance for Mormons?

At Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 8:04:00 PM PDT, Blogger Paul C. said...

Alas, I find myself living in a now-defunct filling station (Sohio). Even though I moved to Sohio for college, I still strongly identify with my North Coast roots, cheering on North Coast teams in Cleveland instead of my home-state Reds and Bengals. Guess you can take the boy out of the North Coast, but you'll never etc.


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