Fun with Maps 35&36

I’ve spent most of the weekend watching television and playing Sim City BuildIt. That may be the reason Winter weekends exist, in fact, but I also put together another Fun with Maps post. Check it out.

Map 35 concerns the population of the United States. More specifically, the map shows the percentage change in share of the population aged 25-34 with a four-year degree (between 2000 and 2012). Wow, how very specific! Yes, it is. As you can see (go ahead, peek), the most populous fifty cities (and city regions) in the country are highlighted with a different color and a number. The number is the change in percentage of the degree-bearing young population. The higher the number, the more the population has changed. This can happen, of course, for a couple of reasons. First, the young population of a particular city can suddenly care a lot more about education than the previous group of youngsters. Second, degree-bearing individuals can move from elsewhere to a high-population city or from one to another. Generally, however, these percentages are an indication of population shifts. Higher numbers are gaining educated young people faster than lower numbers. Only Detroit lost educated people between 2000 and 2012 out of the top fifty most populous cities at -10.5%. All the other cities had these specific populations increase. Each fifth of the cities is represented by a color in the following order, red is the top ten, then orange, yellow, green, and blue is the bottom ten.


Capture Map 35: Oddly Specific Data Set Turned Into a Map

In Detroit’s defense, it is possible the percentage of educated people aged 25-34 decreased because a bunch of uneducated people moved there in 2011. That’s not all that likely and it is well known that the economy pretty much collapsed in Detroit a few years ago. People have fled Detroit, not just educated young people. Some of the other cities in blue and green are dealing with economic struggles too, of course, but there are other factors at play. Of the bottom twenty cities in the chart, nine are in the top fifteen in starting educated/young population (1:New York City, 12: Miami, 7:Philadelphia, 13:Minneapolis-St. Paul, 8:Dallas-Fort Worth, 3:Chicago, 5:Boston, 6:the Bay Area, and 10:Atlanta). Because these cities started with the highest specified populations in 2000, it is realistic to say they had the most difficult path to increasing said populations. What this map and chart can show us, however, is a little bit of movement. Cities in the South and West are more likely to be in the red and orange while there is a concentration of green and blue in the Northeast and Midwest. This could correlate to broad population shifts throughout the country but it may also indicate that newly minted college graduates are flocking to certain locales (Jacksonville could be the exception that proves the rule). In the end, there’s a bunch of colorful circles spread out across the map and the data doesn’t point to an obvious, steadfast conclusion. Looks cool though.

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Map 36 is of India. Why India? I haven’t got a clue. My blog features a lot of maps of the United States (write what you know) and I was thinking it might be nice to try a little variety. Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and what country has food with a lot of spice? India. Boom, made it work.


Map 36A: Creation of States in India since 1951

There are 29 States and seven Union Territories in India currently. I’m not terribly familiar with the country of India or its states but how they formed is very interesting to me. Like the United States, Indian states vary in size (and culture, strengths, weaknesses, etc.). As time progresses in the maps above, each state appears to be carved up to form more, smaller states (and territories). It’s a bit like how the United States were formed. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820. Kentucky and Tennessee were part of Virginia and North Carolina respectively. West Virginia was part of Virginia too (duh). The Louisiana Purchase contained land that eventually went to 15 different states. Indian states have gone through a bit of this division as well. And guess what? They’re not done yet.


Map 36B: Aspirant States of India

India has a lot of cultural groups that do not necessarily like sharing control of their states with other groups. It’s like the urban Democrats of Minnesota bickering with the rural Republicans except there are even bigger cultural and language dialect differences at play. Politics can be a bitch anywhere but I imagine it’s much worse when you can’t even understand the other side. Not being familiar with India, I do not know if any or most of these proposed borders are likely to form but hopefully everything will work out for the country as a whole.

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I also walked the dog and did some laundry so it was a productive weekend overall. I hope yours was too! Here’s a Bonus Map for your viewing pleasure about the United States GDP.


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  1. Pingback: Fun with Maps 191&192 | Mixed Knuts Travel Blog

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