Fun with Maps 109&110

Map 109 displays the largest Fortune 1000 Companies headquartered in each of the fifty states. Why? Because someone at Business Insider loves maps as much as me!

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The first obvious observation of the map is that not every state is represented by a Fortune 1000 Company. This makes plenty of sense as larger cities are typically required to support a large business headquarters. States like Alaska, Montana, and West Virginia don’t necessarily have the population or infrastructure necessary. Wyoming, South Dakota, and Maine are a bit more surprising exclusions. The next fun thing to notice is which large companies are located in which state. I didn’t know that Verizon was headquartered in New York. Exxon Mobil in Texas makes some kind of sense but I didn’t know it for sure previously. Similarly, General Electric in Connecticut is logical but I technically didn’t know that’s where it is. Walmart in Arkansas is pretty obvious. Nike in Oregon is too. Apple is the Californian king, one of many Fortune 1000 Companies in the Golden State. Costco, where my wife works, is based in Washington. General Motors and Berkshire Hathaway are a couple semi-evident companies in Michigan and Nebraska. My brother-in-law, Zach, works for Minnesota’s entrant, United Health Group. If you know anyone in the area, I’m sure you do as well considering how large the company is! I’ve never heard of several of the companies on the map, including; SkyWest (Utah), NGL Energy Partners (Oklahoma), Sprague Resources (New Hampshire), or Arrow Electronics (Colorado). What is your state’s biggest company (assuming it’s on this list)?

Map 110 shows (most of) North and Central America from space. It’s a measurement of light pollution across the night sky more than it is a map, but it’s kind of both. Look at all the pretty colors!

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The lighter colors on the map are the brightest, as in the most light pollution. The Eastern half of the United States is the brightest because there are a lot more people. The large, darker gaps in the Western States are less populated and less dense. There are bright spots in Denver and the entire West Coast but there is a fairly clear split right down the middle. There’s a reason the National Parks out West have phenomenal star-gazing. There are some brighter spots in Canada and Central America as well. I’ve looked at a map and I can’t figure out what the bright red and white splotch Northwest of Minneapolis is. It’s not quite Regina or Winnipeg geographically and neither is close to the biggest Canadian city. It must be related to the oil industry somehow. There is a lot of great information on how the map was produced on the National Park Service’s website. It’s really quite interesting to look at as an overall visual. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


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