October 28, 2020

41 Maps That Emphasize Some Interesting Facts About America

Maps are a very useful way to learn things in a visual way. A large body of research indicates that visual cues help us to better retrieve and remember information. Words are abstract and rather difficult for the brain to retain, whereas visuals are concrete and, as such, more easily remembered.

Therefore, for those people who use a lot of words in the comment section trying to be the jack-of-all-trades, below you’ll have a visual representation of different facts about the United States of America, which cover various information.

From light pollution and tree coverage to out-of-service railways and streets and highways, maps may not immediately look as exciting as a viral cat video — which might explain why we often overlook them when — but that doesn’t mean that they’re boring or useless, or simply hard to understand.

To prove that, we put together a selection of maps that explain the United States better then most textbooks and if broadening your worldview isn’t thrilling, I don’t know what is.

1. The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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2. Most Commonly Spoken Language In The Us After English And Spanish

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The most widely used maps are “Political maps”. They are the ones that are usually mounted on the walls of classrooms throughout the world. They show the geographic boundaries between governmental units such as countries, states, and counties. They show roads, cities, and major water features such as oceans, rivers, and lakes.

Political maps are really good at helping people to understand the geography of the world. They are usually the first type of map that students are introduced to in school too. They are often called “reference maps” because people refer to them again and again as they have questions.

3. How I, A Brit, See The United States (Sorry If It Offends Anyone)

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According to Geology.com, thousands of different political reference maps have been prepared to explain the United States. There are maps of the entire nation, maps for each of the 50 states, and even maps of the 3142 counties (parishes in Louisiana, and boroughs in Alaska) that make up the states. Most counties, boroughs and parishes are further subdivided into even smaller political units. An incredible number of political maps have been prepared just to display the geography of the United States alone.

4. US Watersheds

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It’s no wonder so many maps have been dedicated just for the US. After all, it is the world’s most powerful, and one of the largest too. It has a long history of political revolution and social progress, as well as an infamous legacy of slavery and genocide. It would be simply impossible to map out the United States’ past and present in a single image.

5. States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

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There are often overlapping features between maps. For example, a topographic map that could be utilized to show the distribution of a local orchid, making it both a topographic and thematic map. It could also be used to show well-known features of specific interest to travelers making this topographic, general reference, and thematic maps all in one.

6. Red And Orange Areas Have Equal Populations

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7. United States Population Lines

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8. How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

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9. The Most Efficient Route Between Every Springfield In The United States

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10. Every State’s Least Favorite State

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11. Most Common Surname In The United States By State

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12.  It’s Very Interesting

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The US is a nation of immigrants from all around the world.

The US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey asks millions of people every year detailed questions about their social, economic, and demographic situations. One of the questions asks respondents what their country of birth is. The Census Bureau pooled together survey responses from between 2013 and 2017, allowing the bureau’s statisticians to publish estimates of how many people in the foreign-born populations of each state and the District of Columbia came from various countries.

The percentage of the population born outside the US varies widely from state to state. Among those immigrant populations, countries of origin also vary widely.

For 32 states, the most common country of birth among respondents who said they were born outside the US was Mexico. Therefore, the map above looks at the country other than Mexico that is the birthplace of the most foreign-born respondents in the survey.

India tops that list in 21 states. Several states have Canada as a major source of immigrants. Several Asian, African, and Central American countries also have large immigrant populations in various states.

13. Tree Cover Map Of The US

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14. Drug Overdose Deaths In The United States Per 100,000 Persons For 1999 And 2014

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15. Out Of Service Railways

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16. More People Live Inside The Red Area Than The Grey Area

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17. Regions Of The U.S. That Don’t Officially Celebrate Christopher Columbus Day

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18. The Loudest And Quietest Spots In The Continental US

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19. US States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density

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20. How America Utilizes Its Land

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21. Popular Coffee Shop Chains By Number Of Locations

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22. The U.S. Mapped By Residents’ Desire To Move To A Different State

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23. Percentage Of People Born Outside The U.S. In Each State

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24. Use Of The Word “Dang” Across The Continental US

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25. Air Traffic Control Zones In The USA

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26. Light Pollution In The United States

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27. Map Of Lowest Recorded Temperature In Each Us State (Fahrenheit)

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28. All U.S. Counties With In-N-Out Burger As Of May 2020

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29. USA Tree Diversity

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30. U.S. Education Spending Map

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31. Map Of The United States’ 8 Million Miles Of Roads, Streets And Highways

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32. Date Of Creation Of All 3,142 U.S. Counties

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33. Portion Of Each State That Is Federal Land

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34. US Governors By Eye Color

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35. Average Size Of US Apartments By Region

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36. Voters Who Didn’t Vote For Hillary Or Trump

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37. Results Of The 1984 United States Presidential Election By County. The Most Lopsided Election In History, The Only State Reagan Failed To Win Was His Opponent’s, Minnesota

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38. Garbage Can vs. Trash Can In The United States

 

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39. A Tastier Map

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40. US Counties With Gdp Over $100b

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41. USA Country Map Divided By 1/3rds Of COVID Deaths

 

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