Archive for the ‘Map’ Category


Ever use Google Maps to get driving directions? Good news! Now you can get walking directions.

It’s Google’s world and we’re just living in it.

The obesity epidemic is sweeping across America, and CalorieLab recently mapped the percentage of the obese adult population for each state in the United States.

Colorado, Utah, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Montana have smallest percentages.

Missisippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama have the highest percentages.

The U.S. is divided East/West and North/South. Why do these differences exist? Wealth? Education? Religion? Political views? Cultural backgrounds? Climate? Unemployment?

Median annual income.

These maps were published yesterday on The New York Times website. These graphics show that gas prices are high throughout the country, but how hard they hit individual families depends on income levels, which vary widely.

Average Gasoline Price per Gallon.

Think we’ve got it bad in Virginia? Check out the West, especially California. I’ve heard that experts at Goldman and Sachs predict that gasoline prices will reach $6 before the end of the year. Time to dust off your bicycles and bus passes.

Percent of income spent on gasoline.

This map shows how the areas that have been hit the hardest by the rise in gasoline prices. Citizens in the South and Midwest are spending a large portion of their personal income on gasoline. My guess is that citizens in this region have to take the bus, carpool, or spend money on gasoline to get to work or run daily errands.

It’s in french, but you get the picture — third world / developing countries have limited access to drinkable water. Potable water is something that we take for granted in the United States.

Carbon Atlas

Map from Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso’s Carbon Atlas.

Starting today there will be a special maps exhibit in the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture building on U.Va.’s central Grounds (near Alderman library entrance). The exhibit will feature Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz’s extensive rare map collection of over 200 maps. Swartz is an Alumni Professor in the University of Rochester’s department of surgery, and he is a renowned cartographic historian. His collection consists of North American maps from 1500 to 1800.

According to UVA Today “included are one of the oldest maps to show the western hemisphere (1508), the first map to show Florida (Hernando Cortés’s 1524 map of Mexico City), and an 18th century map of the Ohio River Valley drawn by then-unknown surveyor George Washington.”

UVA officials also plan on dedicating a map room in Swartz’s honor. The Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz Map Room will be dedicated in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

If you’re in the area, come to UVA and check out the collection — admission is free.

Check out the Daily Progress for more information.

Who Has the Oil?

Hmmm…not the United States…

The United Countries of Major League Baseball. I saw this map on StrangeMaps, and I had to make some comments about it

  • The Atlanta Braves really do dominate the South. In fact, I think that Atlanta Braves’ territory could be bigger. The Braves compete with the Baltimore Orioles for the top spot in Virginia.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates territory is bigger than it should be. Why does it extend into Virginia? We have the Nationals, Orioles, and Braves to pick from.
  • I love how the Cubs dominate Illinois, and the White Sox only have a small blotch. The 2005 World Series Champs receive very little love in their own backyard.
  • California sure is a mess. The San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem, and Oakland Athletics have to compete for fans.
  • Looking at this map there might be some room for expansion. Would MLB put a team in Las Vegas? Or would a team in Sin City invoke bad memories of gambling?