Geographers from Kansas State University map the spatial distribution of the seven deadly sins in the United States. These types of maps are always kind of iffy as they draw from data from various sources gathered with different methods and usually use some kind of researcher-defined metric. Still interesting though… right?
[via Gene Expression & Las Vegas Sun | Thanks, Brian]
that link has explanations from how this information was pulled/created/etc…
As always, us living in Hawaii and those in Alaska must be completely average.
Well on average you’re obviously drownded – somewhere out there in the middle of the Pacific, between Osaka and Oregon
What no Lust in South Beach or Miami Beach FL?! Or along the entire California coast?! I need to see just what standard they used to define these sins.
The data used to indicate the various sins are listed here:
It’s still not clear to me how they smoothed the data to identify the clusters, though. The raw data seems quite uniform.
Very cool visualizations, but it’s definitely more interesting for how they choose their data.
They measured gluttony by counting fact food places, but I think it could have been better served by just using an obesity map, like http://caleth08.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/map.jpg
Lust was calculated based just on STDs per capita, which is biased towards certain socioeconomic factors. Infidelity rates would be a better measure, but I can’t imagine they are easy to find. I can’t think of a good way to measure lust.
I think the methodology for pride is wrong, but I don’t know how. I just know that, speaking as a Bostonian, my city deserves to be bright, bright red. (We’re prideful for good reason, we’re better.)
Using income disparity for greed is clever, I think I like that one best.
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Now put it all together and show us the most interesting places to live! And will that correlate with house prices :)
Lot’s of interesting stereotypes seem to be shown here.
– New York City the center of Greed.
– The old south has lot’s of Pride (pride is a sin?:))
– And of course the good ole heartland, especially Iowa comes out low (good) on just about all of them.
This analysis comes down hard on Florida. Stay away from that place!
Well your grammatical skill is certainly average.
Em – Actually Nick’s grammar is probably correct. The sentence goes “As always, [those of us] us living in Hawaii and those in Alaska must be completely average.”
–Hawaii resident also tired of not being on the map
I don’t know about this representation. My initial interpretation was that manila yellow represented no occurrences of the sin in question. I had to read the legend to properly interpret the map.
And of course pride is the root of all sins. “The Devil’s Advocate” told us so, and Hollywood would never mislead us.
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It seems like a better way to measure lust would be to measure the number of strip clubs and other sexually-oriented venues (swingers clubs, s&m/b&d dungeons, etc.).
Gee, my daughter’s going to college in North Carolina, maybe I should worry….
Sloth is represented by spending on the arts??? And on recreation?? Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!! And lust is based on STDs? Maybe other parts of the country are smart enough to use condoms. Ever think about that?
PS – This gives a whole new meaning to Red States and Blue States.
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Whee! Ad hominem!
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Gee, St. Louis is really boring. I’m so envious of the other regions of the country.
I question the map for Sloth – the representation doesn`t mach for Las Vegas. That`s where all the machines are.
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Looks like New York is in a spot of trouble…
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The ones that represent ‘hot’ emotions such as wrath, pride, and lust are centered in the southern parts of the country where the climate is also hot. This does make some sense I think to physiologists and psychologists, as hot temperatures affect and stimulate the physiology, which then can stimulate the mind.
perhaps it has something to do with being smack in the middle of the bible belt? i’ve noticed extreme views can be loads of pressure on people in the day to day living..
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