A Series Of Maps Comparing The U.S. South To The Overall U.S.

A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

The Huffington Post has an interesting set of maps that shows how the U.S. South fares in regards to poverty, minimum wage, economic mobility, health care coverage, health issues, teen pregnancy, and overall happiness.

In comparison to the U.S. overall, the South is at a disadvantage in many of these areas.

U.S. State Life Expectancy Compared To Countries Around The World [Map]

U.S. state life expectancy compared to countries around the world [map]

A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Over at the Atlantic, there is an interesting map [not the one to the right in this article]. It compares the life expectancy in U.S. states and imposes the the names of countries around the world with a similar life expectancy onto the respective state. Thus, Mississippi becomes Syria (75 years and I am not sure whether this takes into account the ongoing bloody civil there) and California becomes Liechtenstein (81 years).

The best thing about the map: You can go to http://www.measureofamerica.org/maps/, a project of the Social Science Research Council, and see how well individual states fare by a variety of measures, such as the Human Development Index (HDI), education, health, or income.

http://www.measureofamerica.org/maps/

Harald Havas’s “Toyed Shoe Lunt” Phonetic Map of Germany

Harald Havas’s “Toyed Shoe Lunt” Phonetic Map of Germany

As you might have heard, there are rules in Germany. Lots of them. Ze rules are important to ze Germans, ja? And because “Ordnung muss sein,” you need to know how Bundesländer and their capitals are pronounced correctly. Surprisingly, one of our nice Austrian neighbors beat us in providing friendly advice to all Ausländers who wish to blend in better when conversing with the indigenous population.

Harald Havas has created a really funny map of Germany (aka “Toyed Shoe Lunt”) featuring phonetic pronunciations of federal states and state capitals for English speakers. It is called “Deutschland phonetisch für English Speakers” (Germany, phonetic, for English speakers). He also has a map of Austria in the same style.

Hi, I am Benedikt from “Layp Zig” in “SUCK ZEN,” “TOYED SHOE LUNT,” ja?  🙂

So go ahead and educate yourself. But don’t get lost in the forests of “TEARING HEN!”

 

 

States Trivia From PolicyMic

States Trivia From PolicyMic

A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
A compass of the United States, with state names. The original was edited by User:Andrew c to include Nova Scotia, PEI, Bahamas, and scale key. It was originally uploaded to the English Wikipedia with the same title by w:User:Wapcaplet: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Here’s one for the long, cold winter evenings ahead. PolicyMic has compiled a nice map of the US featuring interesting trivia about each state.

For instance: Did you know that North Dakota consumes the most beer among all states?

Have a look and impress your friends!

[Note: The map in this post is just a placeholder image. The trivia map is in PolicyMic’s article.]

 

The Distribution of Slavery in the US in 1860 [Map]

Historical map shows the distribution of slavery in the US in 1860

In 1961, the United States Coast Survey created a map showing the distribution of slavery across the US South based on data from the 1860 Census. The map was often consulted by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and even appeared in a 1864 painting. via OpenCulture.

Please also check out Mike Springer’s longer article on Open Culture.

Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States of the United States Compiled from the Census of 1860. Sold for the benefit of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers of the U. S. Army. By E. Hergesheimer (cartographer), Th. Leonhardt (engraver) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASlavePopulationUS1860.jpg
Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States of the United States Compiled from the Census of 1860.
Sold for the benefit of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers of the U. S. Army. By E. Hergesheimer (cartographer), Th. Leonhardt (engraver) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASlavePopulationUS1860.jpg

History: Electricity in 1920s America [Map]

Electricity in 1920s America

The Atlantic has a very interesting map of the use of electricity throughout the US in 1921. The states are resized according to their relative consumption of electricity.

As can be seen on the map, the South was at the time underdeveloped in comparison to parts of the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast.