Warning: This Interactive Map Is Completely Engrossing

Where the Swedes are. (Bloomberg)

I’ve testified previously to my love of maps. Chart Porn, thankfully, loves maps too. It’s become the basis of a firm friendship, made firmer when they linked me to this bad boy from Bloomberg.

The interactive graphic turns the American melting pot into a map, allowing the user to compare (!) ethnic heritage across the country.

Things I learned from playing with this nifty map:

  • Monroe County, Ind. (where I live) has twice as many residents of German heritage than it does residents of English heritage. Three counties to the south, Dubois County, Ind., has nearly nine times as many Germans.
  • There are counties in the U.S. that are majority-Dutch. Yes, Dutch — Allegan and Ottawa Counties, just outside Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • The largest concentration of Swedish people in the United States: Hennepin County, Minn. (108,000 Swedes)
  • The largest concentration of Norwegian people in the United States: Hennepin County, Minn. (152,000 Norwegians)

Alright, I kinda knew those last two.

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2 thoughts on “Warning: This Interactive Map Is Completely Engrossing

  1. Samantha Kubota says:

    Wait! There are Mexicans in Chicago? Hahaha, I jest. This is entirely engrossing…gosh darn it, Kyle.

  2. […] Freeman insists his Modest Proposal is an art project and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Nonetheless, the redrawn map caught the eye of NPR’s Robert Krulwich. And it caught mine too — why wouldn’t it? I love maps. […]

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