16 Maps That Can Change the Way You See the US

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If you think what you learned about maps at school was boring, you are not alone. Sure, you can locate the states and their capital cities, but is that the sole purpose why maps exist? Or, can you really locate and name all of the states? A survey showed that Iowa and Missouri are among the states that only a few people can recall unless certainly, you happen to live there!

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If you want to view the US from a perspective you have never imagined, keep reading. We brings you 15 maps that show the US in a whole new light.

1. Highest-paid public employees

According to a study conducted by ESPN, a college football or basketball coach is probably the highest paid public employee in your state. In 2017, with a salary of $11.1 million, the list was topped by Nick Saban who is the football coach at the University of Alabama.

2. Popular boy names

William is a popular boy name in the southeast while in the southwest it is Noah.

3. Popular girl names

Emma is the most popular name for a girl in the US. It is followed by Olivia and Ava.

4. The most and the least remembered states

Sporcle, a popular quiz site conducted a study to find out the most and the least remembered states in the US. This map is a graphical representation of their findings.

5. Rivers basins of the US in rainbow colors

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Created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej, a geographer and GIS analyst, the map shows the massive expanse of river basins across the country. There are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the contiguous US, but, as evident from the map, a massive catchment area for the Mississippi River, including the Upper and Lower Mississippi River Basins, dominates.

6. Forest cover map of the US

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The color scheme goes from black as 0% forest to bright green as close to 100% of dense forest.

7. UFO sightings in the US

Imgur user swizec created a map of UFO sightings in the US. The darker the green, the more the number of sightings per capita. Circle radius represents sightings per population.

8. US Highways and Interstate Map

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9. Population density heatmap

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The map shows the population density of the contiguous 48 states.

10. The size of the moon compared to the US

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11. Light pollution map

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12. Generic term for a sweetened, carbonated beverage

Pop appears to be the most common generic name.

13. Half of the US population lives in just 9 states.

14. How do Americans address a group of 2 or more people?

According to a study conducted at NC State University, “You guys…” is the most popular way to address a group of 2 or more people.

15. How Americans address their friends

“Dude” is the most popular word for “friend”.

16. Map showing the most popular brand from each state

Which map did you find the most interesting? Let us know in the comments below.