Friday, November 2, 2012
I used 2009 Census data to map the percentage of the population that live in urban areas in the United States (as defined by the US government). Granted that a lot of so called urban areas are really suburbs, which you still a need to get around; population transit deserts.
But still, some results were unexpected. Just because a state has a lot of landmass does not mean that people occupy that landmass. California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Florida are highly urban despite the fact that they have a lot of wide open spaces.
Other results were less surprising. The Northeast corridor is exactly what you would have expected. So is the South and the Great Plains.
I wonder what other data correlates with this.