For every Internet commenter who enters online arguments about the USA with facts they got from their butt, there's a map that presents hard data bare and allows the viewers to make their own interpretations.

From light pollution and tree coverage to out-of-service railways and streets and highways, maps may not immediately look as exciting as a viral cat video -- which might explain why we often overlook them when -- but that doesn't mean that are boring. To prove that, we put together a selection of maps that explain the United States better then most textbooks and if broadening your worldview isn't thrilling, I don't know what is.

#1

Most Commonly Spoken Language In The Us After English And Spanish

Most Commonly Spoken Language In The Us After English And Spanish

reddit.com Report

Meeple13
Community Member
5 months ago

Who thought that German would be up there?!

View More Replies...
View more comments

There’s often overlapping features between maps. For example, a topographic map could be utilized to show the distribution of a local orchid, making it both a topographic and thematic map. It could also be used to show well-known features of specific interest to travelers making this topographic, general reference, and thematic maps all in one.

The most widely used maps are “Political maps”. They are the ones that are usually mounted on the walls of classrooms throughout the world. They show the geographic boundaries between governmental units such as countries, states, and counties. They show roads, cities, and major water features such as oceans, rivers, and lakes.

#2

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

reddit.com Report

Shelp
Community Member
5 months ago

I WANT that map

View More Replies...
View more comments

Political maps are really good at helping people to understand the geography of the world. They are usually the first type of map that students are introduced to in school, too. They are often called “reference maps” because people refer to them again and again when they have questions.

According to Geology.com, thousands of different political reference maps have been prepared to explain the United States. There are maps of the entire nation, maps for each of the 50 states, and even maps of the 3142 counties (parishes in Louisiana, and boroughs in Alaska) that make up the states. Most counties, boroughs, and parishes are further subdivided into even smaller political units. An incredible number of political maps have been prepared just to display the geography of the United States alone.

#3

How I, A Brit, See The United States (Sorry If It Offends Anyone)

How I, A Brit, See The United States (Sorry If It Offends Anyone)

reddit.com Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

OK - this is funny.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Patrick McGranaghan, who is a land surveyor in Colorado, USA, and the creator of one of the biggest online cartography communities, r/MapPorn, did an analysis on its most popular posts on Twitter. McGranaghan collected the 10 best-performing posts from the previous 18 months -- about 200 maps in total -- and went through each of them individually, tagging them based on the content, style, and subject matter. He then sorted the tags to see which ones were the most common.

#4

States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

reddit.com Report

Something
Community Member
5 months ago

This is why our voting system is insane. (It was designed for a different view of government, where the states govern the people and the federal government is the government of the states, but now that it doesn't operate at all like that, it doesn't make any sense.)

View More Replies...
View more comments

"The most popular subject was history," McGranaghan told Bored Panda. "In this category, the most popular maps were about World War II." Maps about other wars were also well liked, as well as those about the ancient Romans and historic trade routes.

"Another popular category was natural science. Especially popular are maps about wildlife, such as those that use tracking data to show animal migration patterns. Other topics included geology and astronomic maps."

Interestingly, quite a few viral maps focused on language. These include etymology, dialect and various pronunciation maps.

#5

US Watersheds

US Watersheds

reddit.com Report

BeazleBug
Community Member
5 months ago

For those that don't know, a watershed is a geologic area from which all water drains to the ocean. The pink area is the Mississippi river basin which includes the Missouri, Ohio, Platte. Allegheny, Red and Arkansas rivers (among many, many others)

View More Replies...
View more comments

"Another topic that I grouped together are 'political re-alignments'. These are maps that deal with boundaries. Subjects like separatist movements, re-drawing borders, and user-created idealizations. Many of these are satirical and funny," McGranaghan explained.

McGranaghan, however, wouldn't say that all of these maps are scientific. "I think the data is a bit noisy, but it's interesting nonetheless. Users sometimes want a magic formula to make their maps go viral and I don't think there is one. The tastes of the masses are fickle and change over time."

#6

Red And Orange Areas Have Equal Populations

Red And Orange Areas Have Equal Populations

Cogo5646 Report

Nathan Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not at all surprising, since nearly half the population in this country lives within 30 miles of the coast.

View More Replies...
View more comments

When it comes to maps that best describe a country, McGranaghan thinks that it depends on the goal of the mapmaker. "All maps are generalizations, some good, some bad. They are not true representations and a good 'reader' should know that. I think good data visualization will take disparate datasets and find meaningful connections that weren't known before. It sounds simple but it is not so straightforward. A good mapmaker should be familiar with many matrices of knowledge and should be able to sift through them and make new connections."

McGranaghan created r/MapPorn in May 2011 while living in Taiwan, and it currently has over 995K members. He thinks the reason why the community is becoming so big is the same one why people like maps so much: they are easily digestible. So go ahead folks, continue scrolling and enjoy the rest of the post. Bon appétit!

#7

United States Population Lines

United States Population Lines

reddit.com Report

Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Cool Map.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

The Most Efficient Route Between Every Springfield In The United States

The Most Efficient Route Between Every Springfield In The United States

reddit.com Report

zims
Community Member
5 months ago

You're bound the find the Simpsons SOMEWHERE

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Tree Cover Map Of The US

Tree Cover Map Of The US

reddit.com Report

Iapetos
Community Member
5 months ago

There are not enough!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

reddit.com Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice. I always get a kick out of the places that close school for an inch of snow. You don't even need to wear a coat for 1" of snow.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Most Common Surname In The United States By State

Most Common Surname In The United States By State

reddit.com Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not really surprising, I think

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Every State's Least Favorite State

Every State's Least Favorite State

reddit.com Report

Thaia
Community Member
5 months ago

I love how florida hates itself

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Its Very Interesting

Its Very Interesting

reddit.com Report

Mihran Hovnanian
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is Canada building some sort of corridor to Mexico?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

More People Live Inside The Red Area Than The Grey Area

More People Live Inside The Red Area Than The Grey Area

reddit.com Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 months ago

... and this is the downfall of the American election system called the electoral college.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Drug Overdose Deaths In The United States Per 100,000 Persons For 1999 And 2014

Drug Overdose Deaths In The United States Per 100,000 Persons For 1999 And 2014

reddit.com Report

Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is saddening.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

US States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density

US States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density

reddit.com Report

zims
Community Member
5 months ago

Alaska is so tiny!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

The Loudest And Quietest Spots In The Continental US

The Loudest And Quietest Spots In The Continental US

ational Park Service 9,9822,736Whoa? Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

my house is in the border of very loud and very quiet. I can hear trains, a freeway, coyote howls, and owls hooting.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Out Of Service Railways

Out Of Service Railways

Andrew Grigg/ Report

nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

for a large country like America, why is there no push for investing on high speed trains to cross the states?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

The U.S. Mapped By Residents’ Desire To Move To A Different State

The U.S. Mapped By Residents’ Desire To Move To A Different State

reddit.com Report

Zoe Murphy
Community Member
5 months ago

Can’t leave....... In-N-Out!!!

Bob Belcher
Community Member
5 months ago

F that, can't Leave Wataburger!

Load More Replies...
Grendel Jenkins
Community Member
5 months ago

So true. Just left Illinois for Wisconsin, and couldn't be happier!

William Bonner
Community Member
5 months ago

I left Illinois for Wisconsin about 25 years ago. Not going back.

Load More Replies...
Bob Belcher
Community Member
5 months ago

As a Yankee who was raised and still lives in Texas I can tell you Texans are fiercly proud, even the most Democratic liberals. It's not a political thing, it's regional. We are the only state that was it's own country and we are and will ever be the only state by law that us allowed to fly our state flag at the same height as the national flag. Texas also used to stretch almost all the way up to Canada. As a foreigner on vacations, when people ask us what country we're from, we don't say America, we say Texas. I know it's stupid but it's not a red neck thing or political, it's serious state pride. Hell, every eary of Jr. High you have Texas history classes. Three years of Texas History.

Jeff Criswell
Community Member
5 months ago

In addition to Meyer Weinstock's comments below, Hawaii was also its own country. Per US Flag code, ANY state flag, if flown along side the US flag, flies at the same height.

Load More Replies...
John Frye
Community Member
5 months ago

This poll is from 2013, sure would like to see one for 2020 after all the recent "Blue City Riots" and high taxes.

texaseve
Community Member
5 months ago

Me, too! I'll bet it is different.

Load More Replies...
Mama Panda
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I can believe this for the year of 2013 but for the year of 2020, California should be the darkest green there is as the majority of us are sick of the crap that our Governor is pulling! Also because of the high cost of living is ridiculous!

Azure Adams
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes please, I need out of the oven that is Arizona

Susan Hornsby
Community Member
5 months ago

That's right. I moved to Texas 40 years ago and haven't left yet.

Umgreg Universe
Community Member
5 months ago

Born and raised (well, still being raised) in Texas, and probably never leaving!

Load More Replies...
Nia Loves Art
Community Member
5 months ago

I want to leave NC only because I am going to be a teacher and it’s not a good state to teach in. Otherwise I would stay here.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

We have openings here in CA. -Dr M, retired teacher

Load More Replies...
Kjorn
Community Member
5 months ago

nobody want to get out of hawaii

sebastian nye
Community Member
5 months ago

what's wrong with maryland?

Shelby P
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm wondering the same thing and I live in MD.

Load More Replies...
Nicole Holt
Community Member
5 months ago

That's what happened to me...came to Texas (from Germany) over 25 years ago. Saw other states. Still in Texas. :)

RitaGG
Community Member
5 months ago

How do I move to Canada? Their country is so beautiful and everyone is so nice. Wish i could retire there. :-)

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I actually applied to work for the Canadian government. No contact yet... -Dr M, retired professor

Load More Replies...
Lynn Griffith Burnham
Community Member
5 months ago

yes, would leave Illinois if I could

Logan Slaughter
Community Member
5 months ago

I've gotta get out of NC.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh hell no, I ain’t leaving Texas!

Linda Jacob
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep, I moved out of IL last year. A lot of my friends back there want to move also but can’t right now. Pray for them.

Lizz Lor
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahahaha .... Illinois sucks...hahaha #wihatesil

Jeremy sanzone
Community Member
5 months ago

100% true. I approve this map.

Ann Abdelzaher
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL I agree with Illinois... NOthing here! and the freaking wind!

Laurie
Community Member
4 months ago

I’m in MI and the only reason I’d like to move is to get away from the winter cold. MI is a beautiful state, and we do have very nice seasons... except for January through March. They can go screw themselves.

Maggie Fariss
Community Member
4 months ago

there is something a little sad about WV residents not wanting to move - perhaps they just surveyed the WV residents that commute for work to the surrounding states

Peter Schreiner
Community Member
4 months ago

Left Illinois one time. Left Minnesota two times. Never going back again.

Jonathan Schoonbroodt
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, half if the country is already on holidays all the time in Cali or Florida anyways...

Dayanara Ryelle
Community Member
5 months ago

Number 1 reason Michiganians want to leave: SNOW! (LMAO)

Rodney Barnes
Community Member
5 months ago

I think this map needs to be updated.

MikeMaxis
Community Member
5 months ago

Minnesota is below avg, don't get it as the winters are brutal.

Meghan Kennedy
Community Member
5 months ago

Maine is Vacationland!

John F
Community Member
5 months ago

This map is very old. It is from 2013.

Sue Held
Community Member
5 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

c Fuller
Community Member
5 months ago

The starts at night, are big and bright! DEEP IN THE HEART F TEXAS! And don't bring your stupid ideologies with you when you migrate here! We aren't interested in people who don't want to support themselves, and who think being a race apart will make them special. We all work hard here, get on back to Chicago, Michigan, New York, California or wherever you left if you think mooching off the tax payers will support your lifestyle while you do drugs and steal to support that.

Frances Emanuel
Community Member
5 months ago

I've been waiting my entire life for people to start leaving California. We thought the high taxes and traffic would do it, we thought exporting people to other states would do it, and yet here we are closing in on 40 million people. I really don't get why so many people live here when so many people say they hate CA.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

This is no surprise !!!

Monday Fuss
Community Member
5 months ago

this map is correct

Lana Carlsson-Irwin
Community Member
5 months ago

this is 7 years old. who the hell would want to go to Texas = COVID land now?

Karen Phillips
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m leaving TX in 2 weeks...wish I could leave today. I hate TX

texaseve
Community Member
5 months ago

I love TX, just not the heat. The friendliest people in the country, hands down.

Load More Replies...
Anna Repp
Community Member
5 months ago

I live in Illinois and I approve of this message!

Philip Moseman
Community Member
5 months ago

Seems to conflict with Florida being the most hated state by Floridians.

Lily Lenz
Community Member
5 months ago

As someone from Illinois, I can agree. Illinois sucks.

CR Harvey
Community Member
5 months ago

I put down my roots soon after birth. Never moving now.

Craymoss
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is bs for sure. Choke people be leaving Hawaii for other places as its expensive AF here.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
5 months ago

A few maps up Floridians are hating their own state, yet they're not fussed about getting out? As Obelix (the Gaul) would say - "Those Floridians are crazy!"

Anthony Slagter
Community Member
5 months ago

This poll was taken in 2013 so I am sure Illinois would be a different color now that they have legalized marijuana, lol.

Andrey Grez
Community Member
5 months ago

what's wrong with Connecticut ?

Sad, Tired, and Gay
Community Member
5 months ago

I am not leaving Oregon it’s nice here

Sad, Tired, and Gay
Community Member
5 months ago

OREGON IS AMAZING

Thomas Kutzner
Community Member
5 months ago

It doesn't count if it's because you are scared of everywhere else, racists texans and wimpy califonians.

Tracy Costa
Community Member
5 months ago

Although to be fair New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut just want to move around each other.

TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
Community Member
5 months ago

We baron wash people in Oregon so they never want to leave, it’s our power!

BoredPerson
Community Member
5 months ago

TeXas LikE NO!

Ava Proctor
Community Member
5 months ago

as an inhabitant of louisiana i can say that this is true.

ZombieGirl
Community Member
5 months ago

lol..I left Louisiana for Florida but moved back after a couple years

Erik Overmars
Community Member
5 months ago

The Polish spot? but why?

Jennifer Crompton
Community Member
5 months ago

If you mean Illinois, it's because our state government is corrupted beyond repair. Several of our recent governors are in prison and crooked Chicago politics infect much of the rest of the state. The taxes are ridiculous and the laws discourage small businesses (well, to be fair, they discourage big business too). We also have the worst of both kinds of weather. Humid, hot summers and freezing, windy, snowy winters.

Load More Replies...
David Kyle
Community Member
5 months ago

with Grievous Nuisance as governor, it is surprising that CA is not much higher

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

Average? Californians all want to leave...until we do, and then we run back. Will tolerate pollution, regulation, taxes, and everything else, we just want people with cosmopolitan outlooks, intelligence, tolerance, and curiosity. Can I get four seasons, fresh water lakes, snow, woodland critters, while having a Cali attitude? Please? -Dr M, who came back from Texas, Colorado, and Oregon

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

Why the downvote? U mad bro?

Load More Replies...
GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

This info is so old - now that Pence is no longer governor, I bet the numbers for Indiana have decreased.

Liz LoGrande
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol as someone who lived in Indiana for four years before he was governor, I can assure you it hasn't changed. But it is damn low cost of living, I will give it that.

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Use Of The Word "Dang" Across The Continental US

Use Of The Word "Dang" Across The Continental US

AJgloe Report

Troux
Community Member
5 months ago

Damn.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

How America Utilizes Its Land

How America Utilizes Its Land

reddit.com Report

zims
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder where reservations fall on this chart.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Percentage Of People Born Outside The U.S. In Each State

Percentage Of People Born Outside The U.S. In Each State

reddit.com Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
5 months ago

To hear a lot if Americans talking, it would be much higher.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Regions Of The U.S. That Don't Officially Celebrate Christopher Columbus Day

Regions Of The U.S. That Don't Officially Celebrate Christopher Columbus Day

reddit.com Report

Gareth Graham
Community Member
5 months ago

From watching US news recently, this may change

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Popular Coffee Shop Chains By Number Of Locations

Popular Coffee Shop Chains By Number Of Locations

dannywat3rm3lon Report

Squirrelflightisawesome
Community Member
5 months ago

Caribou. I just love it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Map Of Lowest Recorded Temperature In Each Us State (Fahrenheit)

Map Of Lowest Recorded Temperature In Each Us State (Fahrenheit)

reddit.com Report

Meechelle Reha
Community Member
5 months ago

This is Hilarious to me, my ex-husband was raised in Alaska from 7 year's old until 22 year's old & heard a ton of weather stories 😅 😄 😂 😆 🙃 🤣 😅 😄 I've been there 4 time's but alway's in summer though!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Light Pollution In The United States

Light Pollution In The United States

reddit.com Report

tuzdayschild
Community Member
5 months ago

All astronomy hopefuls, please step to the left.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#27

Air Traffic Control Zones In The USA

Air Traffic Control Zones In The USA

reddit.com Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
5 months ago

"Albuquerque, we have a problem"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

U.S. Education Spending Map

U.S. Education Spending Map

reddit.com Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Explains why so many US citizens show a heartbreaking ignorance and why a guy like Trump could become president.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Map Of The United States' 8 Million Miles Of Roads, Streets And Highways

Map Of The United States' 8 Million Miles Of Roads, Streets And Highways

reddit.com Report

@Daisychain
Community Member
5 months ago

viod-5ef49...bb452e.png viod-5ef493dbb452e.png

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

USA Tree Diversity

USA Tree Diversity

reddit.com Report

Ryleigh
Community Member
5 months ago

We need more trees!!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Garbage Can vs. Trash Can In The United States

Garbage Can vs. Trash Can In The United States

reddit.com Report

Chuck Jessop
Community Member
5 months ago

I "refuse" to comment

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Portion Of Each State That Is Federal Land

Portion Of Each State That Is Federal Land

reddit.com Report

kate h
Community Member
5 months ago

Hawaii: 19% Federal, 81% Zuckerberg :/

View more comments
#33

All U.S. Counties With In-N-Out Burger As Of May 2020

All U.S. Counties With In-N-Out Burger As Of May 2020

reddit.com Report

Troux
Community Member
5 months ago

Thanks for posting this. I keep hearing this name and have never seen one.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

A Tastier Map

A Tastier Map

reddit.com Report

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
5 months ago

Good grief, Georgia is insanely Waffled.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Date Of Creation Of All 3,142 U.S. Counties

Date Of Creation Of All 3,142 U.S. Counties

reddit.com Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
5 months ago

Do they did it ex profeso to have a pi number of counties?????

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

US Governors By Eye Color

US Governors By Eye Color

reddit.com Report

dena masoomi
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m not sure what to do with this information

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#37

Voters Who Didn't Vote For Hillary Or Trump

Voters Who Didn't Vote For Hillary Or Trump

reddit.com Report

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
5 months ago

AND LOOK AT WHAT Y'ALL DID!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Average Size Of US Apartments By Region

Average Size Of US Apartments By Region

reddit.com Report

Ryleigh
Community Member
5 months ago

dang

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Results Of The 1984 United States Presidential Election By County. The Most Lopsided Election In History, The Only State Reagan Failed To Win Was His Opponent’s, Minnesota

Results Of The 1984 United States Presidential Election By County. The Most Lopsided Election In History, The Only State Reagan Failed To Win Was His Opponent’s, Minnesota

reddit.com Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 months ago

In reverse, this must be the outcome of the 2020 election. Trump is setting up the "corrupt election" playbook so that when he loses, he can claim the election was fraudulent. We need to do the same thing Reagan did and OVERWHELMINGLY vote the morbidly obese pathological lying vindictive narcissistic imbecile with the emotional maturity of a toddler (AKA tRump) out of office.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

US Counties With Gdp Over $100b

US Counties With Gdp Over $100b

reddit.com Report

Dave P
Community Member
5 months ago

um where are the five counties that make up NYC, all five have GDP's over 100B on their own

View More Replies...
View more comments
#41

USA Country Map Divided By 1/3rds Of Covid Deaths

USA Country Map Divided By 1/3rds Of Covid Deaths

reddit.com Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

give it a month.

View More Replies...
View more comments