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Maps Show How Uneven the Population in America Is By Region

Rebecca OConnell

It's no secret that the United States has some empty stretches of land. The Northeast is bustling, while driving through the West can have an almost post-apocalyptic feeling. dadaviz user Jishai shows just how uneven the country's population is with a series of maps highlighting the true disparity. For each visualization, the red and orange regions have equal populations. A county holding the same number of people as an entire state might not surprise you—but what about 11 states? 

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. This one comes from