Common Census Map Project

I just participated in the Common Census Map Project. Here is a summary from their website.

The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on Internet users’ voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries. It shows how the country is divided into ‘spheres of influence’ between different cities at the national, regional, and local levels.

This information will finally settle the question over where disputed cultural boundaries lie (like between New York City and Upstate New York), contribute to the national debate over Congressional redistricting, and educate people everywhere as to the true layout of the American people that they’ve never seen on any map before.

Participation takes less than 10 clicks. Take a look and participate at: http://www.commoncensus.org

PLUS, if you’re a sports fan, you can vote on which sports teams you support, to make a similar map that shows exactly what areas of the US support which teams.

Thank you!

Pretty Neat! Maybe this will finally settle the pop/soda/coke divide?

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0 Responses to Common Census Map Project

  1. Starre says:

    I’m not so sure about this. I don’t like the fact it is centered on cities. I think the cultural divides between groups of people are not city-based, but based on other things too. This is really more of a “City Influence” map, and I think not as helpful. Plus, in some areas I think it is pushing it. Look at North Dakota. I bet ND has it’s own unique culture different from the far-away and out of state cities this map related it to.

  2. Tenner says:

    And not to mention that the fact that this study is done on the Internet means that the people who respond are more likely to be into this kind of thing; they tend to be more informed about their surroundings; and they also have a sense about the country and national issues.

    Not saying this is biased, but I think the 50% or so of people that don’t spend much time on the Internet are likely to be less likely to travel, have less income (and, honestly, to a certain extent less interest in the world). They are more likely to see their local city as the alpha and omega of the world, and this map would be a whole lot more fragmented.

  3. Mike says:

    However, their sister project that does a similar thing with sports teams is eminently fascinating. There’s not enough data for a map yet, but they’re getting close.

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