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A dot for every person

One awesome cartography nerd made a population dot map based on the U.S. and Canadian censuses.

By Chelsea Lin Jan 8, 2013 2:32PM
Have you ever wondered what a dot map of the U.S. and Canada would look like, with every census-recorded person represented by a black pinpoint? OK, me neither, but this amazing illustration of the country's population sure makes me glad someone else was curious.
This screenshot of the map is cool enough (prints will apparently be available for purchase soon), but to truly appreciate the scope of Brandon Martin-Anderson's project, you've got to click that link and zoom way in to the neighborhood level. It's marvelous.

A little less invasive than Google's street view, and no less cool.
Jan 9, 2013 2:44AM
H  E  L  P  !    I'm lost in a lost world !
Jan 9, 2013 1:38AM
it tells the govt. where they will need the most soldiers for the divide up and marshal law, there is a reason they do this, it aint fun and games for  info. either
Jan 9, 2013 12:24AM
These dots will soon take on colors of ethnicity with multi colored dots being mixed races. Look for rainbow dots to represent LGBT's ...................then comes the micro chips.
Jan 8, 2013 11:44PM

Seems to me only one person lives in each house or apartment?  I dont see anywhere near what a million dots in scale to NY City would be...

Jan 8, 2013 11:07PM

what... you didn't know your cell phone broadcasts your current location (in real time) to a cloud of servers? ping... there you are! ping... there you are!! ping... there you are!!! 24/7/365


you blue faces are so funny, you make me laugh out loud!


Very Good. Just checked it out. Thanks Guys and Gals (whoevery). LMAOOK

Jan 8, 2013 10:50PM

It's too bad that in real time we couldn't get different dots for all the illegals pouring through the borders, it would probably look like rain coming 'up' from a cloud!!

Jan 8, 2013 10:17PM
Jan 8, 2013 10:12PM
Anyone notice that 10 year census total changes every week?  Strange.  I am still waiting to be questioned by a census worker... 50+ years, and I aint been accounted for yet!  :-)
Jan 8, 2013 10:08PM
Even taking geographical size into account, this map does not seem accurate. Look at Michigan compared to California and Florida... which have 3 times its population.
Jan 8, 2013 9:28PM
341 million? What about all the illegals that did the census? Or is that the dark spots, where there's 40 to a house?
Jan 8, 2013 9:17PM
Ok, You are missing something people.  Now, in all honesty we can divide up the senators and congresspresons accurately instead of gerrymandering them.  Golly gee what a concept
Jan 8, 2013 8:56PM
Somebody had waaaay to much coffee and waaaay too much time on their hands. Either that or some really good drugs.
Jan 8, 2013 8:36PM
Jan 8, 2013 8:26PM
How convenient for the bomb squad!   I'm sitting here in "not impressed mode." 
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