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Connecting the dots of the U.S. 2010 census

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There are plenty of ways of making a map, but it’s funny how, when all other factors are stripped away, how clearly population distribution can define other features, “from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam” in the United States.

If you’re looking for a way to wile away one of the few remaining hours of 2012, Brandon Martin-Anderson’s U.S. map based on 2010 census information is one excellent way of doing it. Tired of seeing population distributions cluttered by things like roads, rivers and borders, the graduate student at MIT’s Changing Places lab converted census data into dots – one per person – and created this striking (and zoomable) map for your geographic pleasure.

Happy clicking!

Full story at Census Dotmap via The Atlantic.

Fun with geography.

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