Monday, June 15, 2009

The coolest map you've ever seen

In case anyone hasn't seen it, I thought I'd do a public service and link to an incredibly fascinating map—the Census's display of the most common ancestry in each county. Since it's too large to embed on this page in a way that does it justice, I simply encourage you to click and see.

It's awesome. Did you know that Dominican is the most common ancestry in Manhattan? That Appalachia's largest ancestry is simply "American," self-reported despite its absence as an option on the Census forms? (Nate Silver used this data to augment his election models.) That the vast national interior has German as the most common ancestry—not surprising—but Utah is mainly "English"?

If you're curious, here's the full Census brief where the map originated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the write-in win of "American." Thanks for this.