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September 26, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

Divided America — Recast (2008 edition)

From Greenfaucet (2008) — we’ve all seen the red state/blue state graphical breakdown, which makes the nation still look pretty evenly split:

Typical red state/blue state map

But here’s a look at that same map via a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. As the professor describes it, “states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.”

Here are the 2008 presidential election results on a population cartogram of this type:

This Map says: Blowout!

The results didn’t look quite so close in this version.

Read at the original: http://www.greenfaucet.com/node/4191

The blogger takes his map from a site with other great maps: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/

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