Wednesday, November 02, 2005

CommonCensus Map Project

I've been meaning to link to this interactive map called CommonCensus ever since I saw it on It's a way of mapping the country based on where people's cultural and geographical allegiances are. It's an interesting project that implicitly argues that despite everything we hear today about edge cities and exurbs, many people still define themselves by the big city off in the distance. I added my data, although it relies more on people who live outside the actual borders of these larger cities to register the pull they feel, as seen by all the different colored "spheres of influence" on the map above. Look at how much physical space is encompassed by the Denver and Salt Lake City spheres - and Boston even, in the more tightly packed Northeast. And one of the most Balkanized parts of the country seems to be the greater Ohio River Valley.

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