21 Maps That Explain America

After Donald Trump pulled off an epic upset in the recent election, maps began popping up on social media showing county by county breakdowns of the vote totals. The country as a whole bled red, yet the few blue counties on the west coast and around major metropolitan areas were still able to give Hillary a win in the popular vote count How is that possible?

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The answer is easier to explain when you know more about the country. And to that end, Business Inisider has put together a set of very telling maps. Some of these are informational, while others are evidence of a surprisingly odd group-think.

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One of the first things you need to know is where the people live. Oddly enough, the dark areas on this map correspond to the blue areas on the map above. This is where the people are, and where the money is, too.

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How much money? That depends. Some of the states are comparable to some decently sized countries. Texas, again, could make the argument that it can stand alone as an independent country.

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So how is that income distributed? Not equally. On the map above, the darker states have wider gaps between the richest and the rest. So in Florida, the richest 1% make, on average, 34.7 times the mean income of the other 99%.

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When immigrants from other countries move to the U.S., where do they go? They aren’t moving to the peach areas.

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This map highlights areas with the largest population change.

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And it looks similar to this map, which shows where people are moving to, and where they’re moving from.

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This map is terrifying news for the South. Look at those swaths of white.

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Births minus deaths. What’s going on in west Texas? Is the oil-boom drawing that many new residents?

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Not popular jobs, mind you–but disproportionately popular jobs.

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A quick glance at this map shows just how much Canada relies on us. Or do we rely on Canada?

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There are seven states that don’t even get to play this round. How sad.

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This is an interesting map, too, in that it confirms some stereotypes about Florida and Arizona, but the population in the Pacific Northwest is aging, too.

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This is a map that needs to change. There’s no excuse for this, at all.

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Remember when I mentioned group-think? Here it is. We now have a plague of Williams, and those who weren’t lucky enough to get the Willi part of the word.

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Most of the blue on this map is land that people, historically speaking, couldn’t easily live on. While that’s not 100% true anymore, the vast wastelands of the west are still almost uninhabited. Yet they’re full of mineral resources.

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Once again, the South is looking pretty bad. It is probably due to that dismal high school graduation rate.

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So who are we trading with? Canada again wins out, but there’s a lot headed to China, too. What do they make in Arkansas that the Chinese can’t make themselves?

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I bet you money that some of these Emmas will end up marrying some Williams.

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Cross the Florida line and the cost of living goes up. Why is that?

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Utah and Idaho have the highest concentration of Later Day Saints. Family values at work, right there.

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Want to make some money? I’d suggest coaching or scouting in the South.

All told, these maps paint a much starker image of our national differences. So many people who live on the extremes of these charts assume everyone else is in their exact same situation. And it just isn’t true. We are all diverse, even if we are all going to be named Bill.