Maps That Explore Surprising Statistics About America

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By: Kate Row | Published: Dec 13, 2022

Maps are indispensable tools for visualizing data and getting from place to place. They can show us boundaries, elevation differences, weather forecasts, and more. 

 

 

This article will give you some fascinating insight into America by exploring maps of the United States. These maps will detail everything from each state’s most popular coffee chain to which state grows the most oranges. Here they are!

Underneath the Christmas Tree

December, winter, and Christmas are just around the corner, and the holiday season is not complete without food, family, gifts, and of course, a beautiful Christmas Tree.

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It’s probably best to shop for your Christmas trees in those states with more than 500+ Christmas Tree farms. For sure, you will have a lot of options to choose from. For some reason, Wyoming refuses to share its Christmas tree data.

Vanilla or Soy Latte?

As we continue talking about coffee, let’s look at where soybean production thrives. This map reveals a lot about the agricultural landscape of America.





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The vast majority of the soybeans consumed in America are grown in the central and eastern parts of the country. So why aren’t the West Coast states producing soybeans? Californians and Oregonians drink more soy milk than residents of other states. Could it be climate-related? We’re not sure about this one.

Late Night Bites

People tend to crave fast food after a night out with friends. And when you feel depleted, there’s nothing like calories to restore energy to your body. Taco Bell beat out McDonald’s and Waffle House in this poll.

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Are you looking to satisfy your late-night appetite? Texans, Floridians, Coloradans, and many more agree that Taco Bell is the place to go! Though Californians prefer McDonald’s burgers and fries. If you’re in the mood for a classy breakfast favorite, head to Waffle House in Georgia or Alabama.

Fresh Orange Juice

To balance out the calories from last night, let’s start our day with freshly squeezed orange juice over ice. We can celebrate the ongoing rise of orange production in the US while we enjoy this refreshing breakfast beverage!

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The United States Department of Agriculture states that Florida is the top producer of oranges. Valencia oranges are most commonly used for juice, while  California grows most of the kinds of oranges you eat.

Coffee Break

Coffee was first discovered in Arabia around 800 AD. We don’t know if this was by accident, but we know that coffee has become integral to everyday life for many people. Plus, coffee might do the trick for those opposed to OJ in the morning.

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In most states, Starbucks is the largest coffee chain. Of course, a Vanilla Latte or Iced White Chocolate Mocha can brighten up anyone’s work desk! But when it comes to East Coast java joints, Dunkin’ Donuts is king.

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Hard Boiled or Sunny Side Up?

Eggs are a necessary component of any breakfast. More than 100 million hens are producing commercial eggs in the US alone. Iowa leads the charge in egg production, with more than 23 billion eggs produced annually.


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You might be surprised to learn that in 2020, more than 200 million cases of eggs were produced in the US. Eggs are a versatile food and can be an ingredient in various dishes, including baked goods. In addition to being sold at retail stores, eggs can also be processed into other food products.

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A Humble Seed into a Tree

Diversity isn’t just a human phenomenon. You can also find it in trees, and Liberty County, Florida, has the highest tree species richness. The colors on this map depict the range of tree diversity across the USA.



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In the eastern part of the USA, there is more tree diversity than in the west. So we imagine tree enthusiasts would love to visit! However, don’t lose hope if you live out west. There are still many species to discover around you!

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Noise Pollution

In the previous map, we saw how loud the East Coast is when it comes to natural noise. This time, let’s examine which US cities contribute most to human-induced noise pollution.


 

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The Denali and Yellowstone National parks are two noisy flying zones in the west of America. But they don’t compare to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. After all, New York City is often called “the city that never sleeps” for a reason!

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Good Food Choices

According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, there were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in 2016. When you think about it, that’s a lot. Now the question is, are you included in those people who purchase organic food?

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California still has the crown when it comes to the number of organic farms. However, other states are demonstrating growth in organic farming. The reason organic foods are a little more costly is that more effort and expense goes into taking care of the plants without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides. Organic certification doesn’t come cheap either. 

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America’s Burger Urges

We know that it takes a lot of effort to go green, but it doesn’t hurt to satisfy those burger urges every now and then, right? So long as you don’t make a habit of it, a burger here and there is a great treat.  

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McDonald’s is still number 1, with 14,000 restaurants nationwide. Whereas Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and Sonic all have over 3,000 establishments. Steak n’ Shake and White Castle may need to make their presence known on the west coast to catch up.

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Student Debt Distribution

Graduating college is an exciting time… until you realize how much debt you now have to repay. It is common to celebrate when you graduate college, but in a way, what you are celebrating is the start of paying off your debts.

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According to the data of the Institute of College Access and Success, there are approximately 45 million Americans who have student loan debt, with New Hampshire holding the highest average student loan debt at over $36,000 per loan. On the other end of the spectrum, Utah was the state with the lowest average student debt, with graduates only owing around $19,000. 

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Soda Pop Culture

A fast-food meal is not complete without a fresh, ice drink, and what is the usual partner of burgers and fries? Of course, it’s the sweetened, carbonated beverage. However, the generic term differs in America, depending on where you are.

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New Yorkers are more comfortable with using “soda” as the generic term. Northern peeps are used to “pop,” while many of the southern states are more into “coke.” This map is useful if you have a vacation coming up. You can now be considerate and use the local term.

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Thanksgiving Time!

A Thanksgiving celebration is not complete without a turkey on the table. In our minds, it is essential to have a turkey seasoned with salt and pepper, rosemary, and maybe some butter and lemon. What’s your favorite turkey seasoning?

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It takes a lot of work to raise a good turkey to sell before Thanksgiving. This is why farmers from the eastern part of the USA work hard to ensure that a plump and juicy turkey can be enjoyed by each family. 

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What If Tree Falls in the Forest

The forest is a quiet place to think, but the sounds of nature are still there. It’s like the old saying: “When one tree falls, the whole forest echoes.”




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According to this map, the east is louder than the west, and researchers have said it’s because of the trees. A recent study suggests that as much as 75 percent of sound travels through plants! What stands out is the passage along the Mississippi River and the whole of South Florida.

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Shake It Off

Do earthquakes happen everywhere in the United States? This map offers proof that they have happened at least once in almost every state. However, the magnitudes differ greatly. Earthquakes are prominent on the west coast, which is otherwise known to be relatively temperate and comfortable.

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West coast states usually experience earthquakes with 6.0 magnitude and up, and it is no joke. Alaska experienced the largest earthquake in the whole of America, with a magnitude of 9.2. How strange is it, though, that Wisconsin is the only states that has never experienced an earthquake?

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Not About the Money, Honey

It is a big decision if you want to invest in a home, especially if you have a mortgage and will have to rely heavily on the regularity of your paycheck. Be reminded that real estate markets vary from place to place.

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Is it a shock to someone living in the US that two big Silicon Valley cities – San Jose and San Francisco – top this list? You need to earn a lot to be able to afford your place. On the other side, Pittsburgh is the most affordable city, followed by Cleveland and Oklahoma City. 

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You Are Not Alone

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that can negatively affect almost every aspect of your life. It can affect anyone, whether a child or an adult. This map shows which states are affected the most.

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The highest rate of depression can be found in Maine, Minnesota, and Utah at about 6%. Whereas, the lowest rate can be found in Hawaii with 2%. One of the most common factors for a person to have depression is the excessive use of cell phones. In a study, it has been found that teens often develop depression due to the use of social media which affects their self-esteem.

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People in Need

At some point in our lives, we’ve all seen a homeless person in the street. Most of us have given a few dollars, either in person or via charitable organizations, but still felt helpless and as though our contributions are a mere drop in the ocean. 

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Los Angeles, California, and New York City topped the list with almost 50,000 and 60,000 homeless people respectively. Imagine their situation, especially on winter nights. This is something the country needs to address more. 

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Heavy Load

Freight is merchandise or materials that are being moved by vehicles such as trains, airplanes, trucks, or ships. It affects the economy of each country as we depend on freight transportation to connect businesses to markets across the world. In the US, freight lines are like the arteries that keep the country alive.

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Both the west coast and east coast rely on their national highway systems, while the middle part of the USA is reliant on the railroad system. Inland waterways handle some freight traffic too. Whatever transportation method a business may use, it will surely get to its intended destination thanks to the robust system you see on the map above.

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Let’s Go Hiking!

One of the most enjoyable hobbies before and during the pandemic was hiking. America’s landscape is extensive, and you have a lot to explore. As restrictions lift and we adapt to post-pandemic life, more and more people are turning to nature for their health and wellness. 

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If you are a new hiker, worry not as the Lassen Peak Trail Hike is ideal. You can start there, and if hiking makes you happy, try other trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail, The Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. These three are the major hiking trails in the US, and if you manage to finish all of them, you should be proud of yourself!

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Beep Beep!

Driving is de-stressing for some people. For others, it is their responsibility and job. However, Americans should take note of the speed limit in each state. This is just as important for safety as it is for avoiding the state troopers!

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In most areas, 75-80 mph is the speed limit, while others are good with 70. There is one little area that allows up to 85 mph. Be sure to be mindful of your surroundings at all times. You may be happily driving at 85 mph, and then in a snap, you’re back in the 75 mph area. 

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Connecting States

The National Highway Services is a network of major roads within the United States. It connects the whole of America with the use of strategically placed highways that can take you almost anywhere you wish to go.

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Looking at the map, it is possible to cruise around America in your Ford F-150. Again, just be mindful of the speed limit in every area so you can fully enjoy your cross-country road trip.

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The 7 Deadly Sins

It’s hard to resist temptation when it involves something that you desperately want to do. It’s wild to learn that someone has put this much effort into studying the sinful things that every state likes to indulge in.

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Florida has a devilish side as it is high in pride, wrath, envy, and greed. North and South Dakota, by contrast, are more on the saintly side.

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Sporty Nation

Security, health care benefits, and retirement benefits are some of the reasons why it is enticing to work in the public sector. 

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As you can see on the map, most of the highest-paid public employees seem to be sports coaches. Football coach and basketball coach top the list. Most of them can have a salary of almost $1 Million. It can be higher, depending on the performance of the teams that they are coaching.

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Cold Summer Nights?

Do you ever wonder how the Alaskan schools view the map of the United States? In the great northern state, the rest of the country is thrown into the box normally reserved for Alaska. At least for the Alaskan schools, they are the star.

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It is nice to know that on some maps of America, Alaska gets to be the star of the show, rather than appearing in a tiny box like an afterthought.

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Ancient Acquisitions

Many former presidents of the United States used their power to acquire territories and mark their legacies. It is because of them that the US map is filled with all the states we have today. 

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Thomas Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase which began the trend of Westward Expansion. The British Treaty of 1818 was signed during Monroe’s first term as president which started the border between the Canadian and US territories. And many other treaties would follow in order to shape the United States we know today.

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Room for Rent

New York and California are the first two choices in living the American Dream, but the question is, can your hourly wage support it? This map is an excellent reference to help you determine the best state to settle down in.

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As a starter, consider renting in Arkansas, South Dakota, and Idaho. As you move up in your career and your paycheck increases, you may wish to go to California or New York. One step at a time – that’s the way to get ahead!

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The American Dream

Speaking of the American Dream, there are a lot of dreamers who want to settle in America, and they know clearly that this won’t be easy as they will need to work in whatever field will take them, regardless of whether the job is fulfilling or not. 

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Most of the map features blue-collar jobs. However, there are some states that gladly accept nurses and college teachers from other countries. Wherever you start, it can be a stepping stone to the job of your dreams. 

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Firearm Density

According to statistics recorded in 2017, there have been approximately 42,000 incidents involving gun violence. Among these incidents, an alarming number were mass shootings.

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It is not a surprise that a lot of American people own guns as they want to exercise and maximize their Second Amendment Rights. The question is, how many Americans use their guns appropriately? If you are afraid of guns, maybe try to stay away from Arkansas, Idaho, and Montana.

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“Do You Like Scary Movies?”

The United States is filled with beauty, and it has also been the setting for many famous TV shows and movies. This map shows the famous horror movies and their settings in each state. If you want, you can use this map to take a horror road trip through the US. 

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If you are a movie buff with a soft spot for horror movies, you can have a vacation in each state and head out to explore the spots where they shot these famous flicks. Just make sure you stay safe!

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The Story of the Cold War In Map Form

The cold war started in 1947 and didn’t end until 1991. This was a period of political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union that developed in the wake of World War II.

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The red regions on the map signify the places where Soviets citizens were not allowed to go. The Cold War brought about so many changes in terms of the political hierarchy of America. A lot of things happened, and the economy and the personal lives of Americans have been permanently affected by this war.

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Prison Break

Different states have different laws, and then there are overarching federal laws as well. Because of this, you will find different federal prisons scattered across the country, housing those who have breached the law.

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According to data, the Bureau of Prisons has 109 prisons, along with additional correctional facilities. If you look at the map, you can see all the different types of facilities that are present within each state.

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Love-Hate Relationship

It is no surprise that there are some days we hate the place we live. However, it seems that many people do not want to let go of that place because they have a love-hate attachment to it.

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Illinois tops this list with more than 21-25% of its population being deeply unimpressed by the living conditions in the state. The people of Montana seem to love their state so much that they didn’t even bother responding to the survey. How sweet! 

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The Origin of Life

These days, it is possible to check your ancestry with the use of DNA testing that can be initiated through certain websites. If you don’t want to pay the fees, this map can give you a general idea of your ancestral mix. 

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It has been said that America is where different cultures from across the globe meet, but it seems the people of Germany make up the biggest part of it. You can see the proof written all over this map.

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State Names

Speaking of our ancestry, do you have any idea where your state name came from? It’s awesome to take note that even in its state names, America diversified. Many come from native languages, while there are quite a few that come from the languages of settlers.

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It’s so interesting to see the cultural spread reflected in the way the name of each state was acquired. We do wonder though about the origin of Oregon and the names of the other disputed states.

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Counting People

It’s not surprising to know that the population of New York and California are higher compared to other states. These towers are such an interesting way of reflecting population density. Indeed, they reflect the high rises that often spring up in highly populated areas. 

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A lot of immigrants to America have settled in these two states over the years, and they continue to call out to new arrivals. New York and California have the opportunities people crave, promising the possibility of achieving impossible dreams. 

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Life Expectancy

Life is beautiful when you make the most of it. That is why some people work hard to live their lives well and prosper for as long as they can. This map shows the distribution of life expectancy throughout the states.

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Since California is one of the biggest producers of oranges and organic food, it is no shock that they have the highest life expectancy rate. Currently, it is above 81 years old. Eating healthy food is clearly worth it!

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How Land Is Distributed

Different states have different products to offer, just like restaurants have different specialties. However, nature does not stick to our boundary lines. We can see on this map what all the US regions have to offer.

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In the center of the country, there is a large land distribution that is ideal for cow farming and pastures. The west coast is all about forests, while the north promises wilderness and beautiful national parks. 

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The End

The end of life is the beginning of something new. If we can, we must be the ones who decide on our final resting places. If not, we must trust our family that they will give us a proper burial and a great place to rest.

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Most of the presidents are buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, a military cemetery in Washington DC which is also the resting place of many soldiers who offered their lives to the country. Some presidents chose to be buried in their hometowns, including George W. Bush who was laid to rest at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Wherever they now reside, they certainly won’t be forgotten.

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