Green Bean Production in the United States

Nov 23, 2017
Cartogram map of turkey production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on green beans production.  Specifically the number of acres harvested.  Only 10 states produce the bird and of the 10, the USDA publishes complete data on only six of them due to the other four states having few producers which would make it easy for their competitors to know how large their operations are.

Turkey Production in the United States

Nov 22, 2017
Cartogram map of turkey production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on turkey production.  Specifically the number of heads of turkey.  Only 24 states produce the bird and of the 24, the USDA publishes data on only 18 of them due to the other six states having few producers which would make it easy for their competitors to know how large their operations are.

Pumpkin Production in the United States

Nov 21, 2017
Cartogram map of pumpkin production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on pumpkin production.  Specifically the number of acres dedicated to the pumpkin harvest.  Every state produces pumpkins, but some dedicate so few acres to the crop that they barely show up on the map, namely Alaska, Wyoming, and Louisiana.

Cranberry Production in the United States

Nov 20, 2017
Cartogram map of cranberry production in the United States

Where does Thanksgiving dinner come from?  This week, the focus is on some staple Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on cranberry production.  There are only a few states that produce the fruit according to the United States Agriculture Census.

The United States' Borders Based on Per Capita GDP

Nov 17, 2017
Cartogram map of per capita GDP in the United States

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the states' boundaries based on per capita GDP.  In this metric, all 50 states have similar areas as there is not much fluctuation from state to state.

The United States' Borders Based on Gross Domestic Product

Nov 16, 2017
Cartogram map of GDP in the United States

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the states' boundaries based on gross domestic product.  California, New York, and Texas take up large swaths of the country while Alaska nearly loses all of its territory.

The 2016 Presidential Election Cartogram Based on Electors

Nov 15, 2017
Cartogram map of 2016 presidential election

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the 2016 presidential election with states resized according to the number of electors they have.  The more electors a state has, the larger it is on the map.  Compared to traditional maps, this map shows the electoral vote in a more accurate way painting the entirety of the United States with the appropriate amount of each color.

The United States' Borders Based on Population

Nov 14, 2017
Cartogram map of population in the United States

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the borders of the states in the US based on their population.  California becomes the largest state by far while Massachusetts, New York and Florida dominate the east coast.  Texas takes over the Southwest while Alaska loses the most territory.

The 2017 Virginia Gubernatorial Race Based on County Population

Nov 13, 2017
Cartogram map of 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the Virginia governor's race results based on the population of each county.  The more populous a county is, the larger it is on the map.  Looking at a map of Virginia with the results of this race, the entire state is painted red leading the casual observer to believe that the Republican candidate, Ed Gillespie, won the race.  However, the map above shows that those small pockets of blue are very populous and what they lack in geography they more than make up for in votes and it gives a better picture as to how the Democratic candidate, Ralph Northam, won the race.

The Arabian Peninsula's Borders Based on Per Capita GDP

Nov 10, 2017
Cartogram map of per capita GDP in the Arabian Peninsula

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the borders of the nations in the region based on their per capita GDP.  Qatar becomes the largest state in the region by far and is nearly double the size of the second largest state.


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