Map 127 reminds me that it’s good to be at the top. I like money, I don’t think I’m alone there, but unless you are in the top 1% of earners, you’re getting a lot less than some. I’ve been finding a lot of maps on Yahoo Finance lately and that makes me happy. The map’s content, however, does not. It shows the ratio between the income of the 1% and the 99%.
Here are some facts from the study from the Economic Policy Institute, the source quoted by Yahoo Finance:
- The top 1% of American earners captured 20.1% of all the income in the US in 2013
- From 2009 to 2013, the top 1% took home 85.1% of total income growth
- The average American one-percenter’s income of over $1.1 million is 25.3 times as much as the average income of everyone else ($45,567)
- Income inequality has increased in every US state since the 1970s
- The top 1% captured all income growth in 15 states between 2009 and 2013 (Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming)
Several states jump out as being more unequal than others, including California, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Florida, and many in the Northeast. On the other end of the spectrum, the states with more equality between the top 1% and the bottom 99%, are Hawaii, New Mexico, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, and West Virginia. Two more in this group, Maine and Vermont, are in the Northeast surrounded by many unequal states. My state of Minnesota is right in the middle at 19.7. This means that the top 1% make 19.7 times what the 99% make. In all 50 states, the top 1% clearly are much better off. Alaska, the most equal state, still has a ratio of 13.2. How unequal is your state?
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GAME OF THRONES!!
Sorry, I was just trying to grab your attention. I have never read a page from the Game of Thrones or seen an episode on HBO (I understand a lot of people die and women aren’t treated very nicely). I do, however, love a good map (what?!) and I recently came across two websites featuring maps from the show. POTENTIAL SPOILERS ABOUND SO PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY:
Map 128 is from roughly the middle of a large series of progressive maps from Game of Thrones. The source website, Warped Speed, provides maps for several stages of the series of books/show (clicking the link will bring you to the beginning but there are multiple pages). I couldn’t tell you if the maps are more accurate to the books or the show, again, because I’ve never experienced either. That being said, this map of Westeros is pretty cool. I skimmed the text below each map on the website (knowing I won’t remember too much when I do start the books/show) and enjoyed seeing how the maps changed over time.
Based on the little I do know from pop culture and Facebook references, the map would likely be changing mainly because characters (of which there are hundreds) are constantly dying. That’s the biggest, most obvious thing that most people will probably know, even if they don’t watch. I know a couple other things about the series as well; Winter is coming, Hodor hodor hodor, Peter Dinklage is a badass character, that one lady from Terminator birthed some dragons somehow, they killed off Sean Bean and the dude I liked on Stargate: Atlantis, Joffrey is/was an a-hole, those white ghost dudes are creepy looking, and incest is a very real thing in Westeros.
If you enjoy the Game of Thrones series, I invite you to check out Warped Speed. You can start at the beginning and stop before you hit spoilers if you aren’t fully caught up. The other awesome Game of Thrones map I discovered this week is from this cool website. It is interactive just like Google Maps. You can even track the movements of several main characters as they progress through the books (and eventually die). It is also the bonus map link below and looks like this:
I’ll check out the books and show eventually. I promise.
Bonus Map Link: Westeros