40 Different Facts About USA Shown On Maps
If you’ve ever found yourself in an argument on the internet with someone who throws random facts about America at you, no you will have some maps that show the hard data that you can discuss and interpret in your way.
Maps might not be as popular as funny animal videos, but these are a little bit different. These maps show some fun and not so known facts about America that will certainly broaden your view.
1. USA from the perspective of Alaska
Different types of maps show different features, but oftentimes these features overlap. So for example some info about the distribution of a specific species, and places of interest for travelers can be shown on a topographic map which then that map has general reference features, thematic features, and topographic features altogether.
But the most common maps are the political ones. Political maps show the most important political features of the area such as borders, important cities, capitals, and big water bodies. Some smaller-scale political maps might show roads and smaller rivers.
2. The most frequently spoken language in each state that’s not English or Spanish
Political maps are very easy to understand, and that’s why they’re the first maps that every student is introduced to when they start using maps in school. Political maps scale from large world maps, to smaller county maps. There are thousands of political maps for the United States alone. Maps of the whole country, maps of each state, maps of the counties for every state, and even maps for all the smaller boroughs and parishes of the counties.
3. A personal view of the United States as a Brit (sorry if this is offensive for anyone)
Patrick McGranaghan, a land surveyor from Colorado, and creator of the biggest community for map lovers and cartographers, r/MapPorn, collected data from posts from the last year and a half and looked each post individually to sort the tags that were the most frequent and popular. According to his research, the most popular categories were history, natural science, and language. And some maps from those categories that were popular were maps about WWII, maps about old trade routes, maps about animal migrations and language etymology, and dialect maps.
4. River basins and watershed map
5. Each of the blue states has less population than just LA County
Patrick also says that not all the maps have to be scientific, some can just be funny and or satirical. Every user can make their twist on the map they create and some of them go viral. But Patrick argues that it is nearly impossible a map to be 100% true representation of the country because all of them are generalizations.
The subreddit r/MapPorn now has a little less than a million members and has been constantly growing since 2011, when Patrick McGranaghan first created it.
6. The same number of people live in the orange area and the red area
7. Schools close after this amount of snowfall
8. The shortest way to visit every Springfield in America
9. US Population spikes
10. The least favorite state of each state
11. The most frequent surname
12. Country of birth of now US residents not counting Mexico
13. Forests and green cover
14. Deaths caused by overdosing on drugs per 100,000 population in 1999 and 2014
15. The red area has more population than all the grey area combined
16. Loudness around the US
17. All the states scaled according to the density of the people that live there
18. Railways that are not used
19. The wish that residents of the states have to move to a different part of the US
20. Most popular coffee places
21. Utilization of the land
22. Frequency of the word “Dang” in the country
23. The golden parts don’t celebrate Columbus Day officially
24. People not born in the US
25. Zones for air traffic control
26. Light pollution map
27. Record for the lowest temperature in every state
28. Species of trees
29. A web of streets, roads, and highways
30. Money spent on education
31. Federal land percentage
32. When all the counties were established
33. Every county that has an In-N-Out Burger
34. The eye color of each state governor
35. Waffle places
36. People that voted neither for Hillary nor Donald
37. Do you say garbage can or trash can?
38. In the 1984 elections, Reagan lost only in his opponent’s state, Minnesota
39. How big is your apartment?
40. Richest counties that have more than $100 billion GDP
Source: BoredPanda || reddit.com/r/MapPorn/ || www.nps.gov
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