A Picture of 341,817,095 People

January 7th, 2013
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EconintersectBrandon M-Anderson has created artwork out of the 2010 U.S. and 2011 Canadian census data.  His map of the two countries has an individual dot for the reported adress of every single person reported in the two census surveys - a total of 341,817,095.  The image below is a reduced-size image of part of San Jose bordering the shore of the head of San Fransisco Bay.

Click on graphic for larger image.


Follow up:

The map below shows the U.S. and southern Canada.

Click on map for a ginormous image including northern Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.


The map below is the far south side of Chicago, including the southern tip of Lake Michigan and part of Gary Indiana.  The parks and forest lands in that area are quite extensive.



The map below shows a close-up of Central Park in New York City.

Click on map for a view of all of Manhattan and nearby other burroughs, Westchester County, New Jersey and the Meadowlands.


Note that there are dots in Central Park.  According to the census data there are individuals living there, although, if the data is real and not erroneous, the people obviously must be homeless.  Anderson reports that there a people reported for coordinates that are in lakes and other uninhabited places around the two countries.  Are there gremlins in the data?

Another interesting thing to note is that the width of the Hudson River is dwarfed by the breadth of the Meadowlands.  The Meadowlands always seemed big, but the size difference still caught my attention.

Go to the map builder's website for an interactive map that allows you to zoom in and out on any location you select.  More information about the map and the process of building it can be found there.

Hat tip to Flowing Data.

John Lounsbury

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