Square mile grid-ness of the United States

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Named after the grid system Thomas Jefferson used to apportion land acquired through the Louisiana purchase, the Jefferson Grid Instagram account highlights remnants of the system through satellite shots from Google Earth. Each picture is the land that fits into one square mile.

The most fun ones more me are the desert shots. It’s a square mile of development and just dirt everywhere else.

Favorites

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.