It has been far too long since my last Fun with Maps post and for that I am supremely sorry. My life has been dominated by work and chores quite a bit lately. My company is renovating half the building so another office can move in. Someone, me, is in charge of cleaning up thirty years of leftover equipment, supplies, furniture, and general junk. I have to sort everything, make room for items worth keeping and pitch the rest to make room. The building isn’t getting any bigger so I’m finding storage to be a massive problem. Have you ever seen hoarders? Have you ever lived it? It’s not all bad. I found the original building blueprints and grounds map, a large customer pin-map, and a road atlas from 1992. Silver linings I guess. Ready for some maps? Let’s get to it!
I try not to get political (sarcastic laughter) but I do try to make sure important maps are covered sufficiently in my blog. This important map was sent to me by my brother-in-law, Dave. It comes from an article from Reason.com regarding the shooting death of Philando Castille. Everyone knows the story by now. Mr. Castille was stopped by the police. He declared that he had a conceal and carry permit and there was a gun in his vehicle. The officer then requested his documentation but as he reached for it he was shot several times. The aftermath was broadcast by his girlfriend on Facebook Live, a video that has since been seen millions of times by people all over the world. Map 213 shows which states require that citizens declare they have a concealed weapon to police officers. The states in green do not require that citizens declare they have a weapon to officers. Those in red, however, do. Should you have a concealed firearm and you encounter a police officer while in Texas or Ohio, make it known immediately and do not reach for anything.
My home state of Minnesota, “like most states, does not require CCW licensees to inform law enforcement officers that they are armed” but officers usually “prefer to be told so as to avoid unsettling surprises. For that reason many gun owners argue that disclosure is considerate and prudent, while others worry that it will escalate a routine traffic stop into a tense, unpleasant, and possibly life-threatening encounter.” Any physical movement could cause unrepairable damage to either party. Being incredibly clear in intentions is the best one can do to avoid confusion (next to not owning a gun at all, of course). I’m sure people will place blame with Castille, Officer Yanez, or both for how the incident occurred but only one of those men is currently dead. Take what you want from that.
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Map 214 is centered on housing and Millennials. I am, unfortunately, labeled a Millennial based on my year of birth. Most of the traits of a typical Millennial according to the internet do not really apply to me nor are all of them terribly accurate but I guess I am one. Regardless, this map shows the percentage of Millennials in each state that are buying houses. The section below the map also lists the cities with the highest and lowest percentages. Is your state on the low end or the high end?
Millennials are buying homes all over the place, of course, but it is much harder for them to do so on either of the coasts. Only 17.8% of the Millennials in Los Angeles have made this large purchase. Conversely, 51% of those in Ogden-Clearfield, Utah have bought homes. 42% of Twin Cities’ Millennials own a home including Beth and me!
The source article on Yahoo Finance also features a second map (created by Adobo) that shows how long Millennials would have to save up for that first home purchase. Young people in most of the country have to save 5-10 years for a down payment while those choosing to buy on the West Coast, Hawaii, Utah, Colorado, Maryland, and parts of New England have to save for longer.
Beth and I had to save for two years for a down payment and also had significant help from her parents. We also bought using a special program for first-time homebuyers that let us put down less money up front. I have no idea how we would have afforded a home in California near Beth’s relatives. How are the prices in your neck of the woods? I want to hear your home-buying stories! Please leave comments below.
Until next time (hopefully sooner than last time),
Bonus Map Link: Free Land