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.

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Most Commonly Spoken Language In The Us After English And Spanish

Most Commonly Spoken Language In The Us After English And Spanish

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Meeple13
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1 year ago

Who thought that German would be up there?!

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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.

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The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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Shelp
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1 year ago

I WANT that map

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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.

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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)

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GirlFriday
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1 year ago

OK - this is funny.

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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.

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States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

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Something
Community Member
1 year 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.)

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"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

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BeazleBug
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1 year 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)

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"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

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Nathan Jones
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1 year ago

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

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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

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Adam C
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1 year ago

Cool Map.

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#8

The Most Efficient Route Between Every Springfield In The United States

The Most Efficient Route Between Every Springfield In The United States

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zims
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1 year ago

You're bound the find the Simpsons SOMEWHERE

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#9

Tree Cover Map Of The US

Tree Cover Map Of The US

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Iapetos
Community Member
1 year ago

There are not enough!

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#10

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

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GirlFriday
Community Member
1 year 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.

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Most Common Surname In The United States By State

Most Common Surname In The United States By State

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 year ago

This is not really surprising, I think

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#12

Every State's Least Favorite State

Every State's Least Favorite State

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Thaia
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1 year ago

I love how florida hates itself

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#13

Its Very Interesting

Its Very Interesting

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Mihran Hovnanian
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1 year ago

Why is Canada building some sort of corridor to Mexico?

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#14

More People Live Inside The Red Area Than The Grey Area

More People Live Inside The Red Area Than The Grey Area

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Kevin Donegan
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1 year ago

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

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#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

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Hans
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1 year ago

This one is saddening.

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#16

US States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density

US States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density

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zims
Community Member
1 year ago

Alaska is so tiny!

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#17

The Loudest And Quietest Spots In The Continental US

The Loudest And Quietest Spots In The Continental US

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#18

Out Of Service Railways

Out Of Service Railways

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#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

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Zoe Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

Can’t leave....... In-N-Out!!!

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#20

Use Of The Word "Dang" Across The Continental US

Use Of The Word "Dang" Across The Continental US

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn.

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#21

How America Utilizes Its Land

How America Utilizes Its Land

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zims
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1 year ago

I wonder where reservations fall on this chart.

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#22

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

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

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Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

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

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#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

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Gareth Graham
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1 year ago

From watching US news recently, this may change

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#24

Popular Coffee Shop Chains By Number Of Locations

Popular Coffee Shop Chains By Number Of Locations

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Squirrelflightisawesome
Community Member
1 year ago

Caribou. I just love it.

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#25

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

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

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Meechelle Reha
Community Member
1 year 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!

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#26

Light Pollution In The United States

Light Pollution In The United States

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

All astronomy hopefuls, please step to the left.

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#27

Air Traffic Control Zones In The USA

Air Traffic Control Zones In The USA

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

"Albuquerque, we have a problem"

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U.S. Education Spending Map

U.S. Education Spending Map

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

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#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

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@Daisychain
Community Member
1 year ago

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#30

USA Tree Diversity

USA Tree Diversity

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Ryleigh
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1 year ago

We need more trees!!!!

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#31

Garbage Can vs. Trash Can In The United States

Garbage Can vs. Trash Can In The United States

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Chuck Jessop
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1 year ago

I "refuse" to comment

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#32

Portion Of Each State That Is Federal Land

Portion Of Each State That Is Federal Land

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kate h
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1 year ago

Hawaii: 19% Federal, 81% Zuckerberg :/

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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

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

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

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

They honestly don't live up to the hype. Their fries are good, but the rest is pretty gross!

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Roger Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

They are a family owned company. They openly state that they will never go public, never franchise, never sell or merge. Any location they build has to be within one days drive of their own meat packing plants. When they decide to expand, they build out their beef packing plants before building the restaurants. If you ever eat at an In-N-Out, look at the inside of the bottom rim of their soda cups, on the back flap of the pouch for their fries. You will find scripture references. This has been continuous for their earliest days. They continue this practice to this day. Very unique operation. They are obsessive about their food being fresh. And…… they will cook anything on their menu to order. That’s why they are famous for their off menu specialties, such as having your burger cooked, “Animal Style.”

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 year ago

When I worked for them, an entire unopened box of patties was one hour (1hr!) past date. The manager had me toss it. That's quality.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Now I would like to know how the map wold look with dots for every McDonalds. Lol

BeazleBug
Community Member
1 year ago

Not nearly enough red. Yes, I have been known to drive 18 hours to get In and Out. It is that good.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 year ago

They've crept into Houston. I pray for a swift death. Again, not political. Doesn't matter what side, everyone love Wataburger. About 5 years ago Carl's Jr. Open over 10 stores. Now there's only three left in all of Houston

Elida Lechuga
Community Member
1 year ago

I gotta have In N Out with chopped peppers. It's the best way to eat it.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 year ago

Meat, cheese, bacon, bun. Period. Maybe a thin layer of mayo.

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Milan
Community Member
1 year ago

Best fast food fries ever, fresh made :D

David Buchanan
Community Member
1 year ago

More importantly, how many counties have Whataburger?

Umgreg Universe
Community Member
1 year ago

Certainly not enough. But probably all of texas.

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MagStarrr
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally tried one in CA. Nothing special.

Frances Emanuel
Community Member
1 year ago

In -N-Out isn't just about the burger, it's one of the few fast food restaurants that goes out of it's way to hire local teens. In So Cal that's a big deal.

Adam McQuery
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to see the What-A-Burger stats!

Sherrie Gray
Community Member
1 year ago

I read that In-N-Out Burger will not open a restaurant if they cannot deliver the meat fresh within 24 hours from their own processing plants. It is still a privately held company

G Galindo
Community Member
1 year ago

Tried it, wasn't impressed.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yay! This is a great place to start working. My employer at age 15, store #35! Paid me $5.95/hr, when minimum wage was $1.95. -Dr M

zims
Community Member
1 year ago

They are pretty famous for high starting wages, which is a good trend to encourage. I think it's like $13/hour now

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year ago

Found one on vacation to California. Overrated slopburger.

Audrey Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s why people who live in LA always go to In-N-Out

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why I can't move out of California.

sebastian nye
Community Member
1 year ago

man i'm lucky...

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
1 year ago

Now I see where I need to move to.

Marci T
Community Member
1 year ago

If you can't get to an In-N-Out, I think the burgers at Del Taco taste similar and their fries are a lot better.

CR Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

So it's real? Always thought it was a movie thing.

SF Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

They're great. And their Secret Menu is awesome too!

XianJaguar
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in Utah, and can't stand it here, but at least our local In-N-Out makes it a bit more bearable.

Maggie Rex
Community Member
1 year ago

Update: there is one in Grants pass Oregon and Salem Oregon, although they are so busy I haven't been able to go :'( I actually love their fries and shakes their burgers are just like any other fast food place except more variety and you can make them bigger.

DramaDoc
Community Member
1 year ago

There's an In n Out in Keizer, OR (Marion County)...

Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 year ago

Came down here to say the same... we're close to Portland, but we have driven down there a few times for a burger and fries... it's that good. Don't take it home... eat it there or in your car while it's fresh and hot.

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Maxx Holifield
Community Member
2 months ago

I live in SoCal and I was never really a fan of In-N-Out

Jack Centner
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one that is headed to El Paso County (where Colorado Springs is)

naperdood
Community Member
1 year ago

Bring that sheeeit to Illinois!

David Elligott
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one in Keizer, OR that is missing on here

Elaine GF
Community Member
1 year ago

I moved from CA to WA and one of the things I miss most is in-n-out.

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah: There is my little gray county haloed in red. I wish we had one here.

Rodney Barnes
Community Member
1 year ago

Lived in LA. They should be called, Wait-forever-for-your burger.

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s called fresh quality. They make your burger when you order, not have a hundred burgers sitting under heat lamps for hours

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Mildred Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting!

Mike Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Out of date, Marion county, Oregon has had in and out since 2018.

Mike Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Outdated, there is one in Marion county Oregon as of 2018.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

They are good ( NOT GROSS as some people think in this comment section) but I prefer The Habit.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

When are they going to get with the program and get the impossible burger anyway?

Becki Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one in Keizer, Oregon that's not on this map. It came here in like February of 2020. It's just North of Salem.

Meami
Community Member
1 year ago

I keep hoping they'll start moving north.

David Pollack
Community Member
1 year ago

The rest is flyover.

Chuck Hauk
Community Member
1 year ago

In addition to Jackson County on the Southern border, there is a second In-N-Out location in Oregon...in Marion County, in Keizer, next to the capital of Salem.

Linda Silverio
Community Member
1 year ago

Marion county Oregon has one

Katie Knehans
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not updated: Marion County, OR got an In-N-Out in December 2019. Even yesterday, I saw cars waiting more than an hour for a burger.

Kyle Rumley
Community Member
1 year ago

this is not current. Marion County, Oregon, has an open location and is not on this map.

Cindy Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

This map is missing Marion County in Oregon

Eric Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

Missed one. Marion County in OR

Alicia Neil
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't accurate. In and Out opened in keizer oregon in December 2019

Lindsay Malinowski
Community Member
1 year ago

Marion County, Oregon

Lindsay Malinowski
Community Member
1 year ago

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Chad Abbas
Community Member
1 year ago

Keizer Oregon had one before may 2020

Chad Abbas
Community Member
1 year ago

Marion County Oregon now has one

Michael Ray
Community Member
1 year ago

There is an In and Out in Marion County, Oregon as of May 2020. It's not on map.

Riley Ross
Community Member
1 year ago

In-N-Out opened in Keizer, Oregon 12/12/2019..little inaccurate

Riley Ross
Community Member
1 year ago

This is inaccurate, There is one in Salem Oregon that has been there since last year

Shelby Rushing
Community Member
1 year ago

There's one in Northern Oregon now.

Jason Petorak
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one in Keizer, Oregon, now. The map needs to be updated. :D

Christina Kosinski
Community Member
1 year ago

Marion County in Oregon got one in Marion County in the town of Keizer got one last year.

Kellie Wittig
Community Member
1 year ago

You are missing Marion County in Oregon. They opened a location in December 2019

Michael Jacobson
Community Member
1 year ago

Animal style or your doing it wrong

Corin Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Oregon is inaccurate. Keizer is Marion County has one as well.

Cindy McEwen
Community Member
1 year ago

this is not an accurate map as Salem, Marion Co. Oregon has had one for about a year now.

Dennis Fisher
Community Member
1 year ago

This map is incorrect. There's an In-N-Out in Marion county, OR. that opened in 2019.

ChickyChicky
Community Member
1 year ago

There's another one in Oregon.

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 year ago

I would like a similar map for Cane's.

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Shake Shack > In N Out.

Milan
Community Member
1 year ago

if burger, Shake Shack have the best fast food burger for me, along with Five Guys. If fries, In-N-Out is the winner :)

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Alexis D.
Community Member
1 year ago

this is the kind of quality content I'm here for (there aren't any where I live. I miss them and always get some when I visit my parents!)

MagStarrr
Community Member
1 year ago

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texaseve
Community Member
1 year ago

They could all go out of Texas. In & Out are not very good - more of CA moving in and ruining things. A Whataburger, on the other hand is nice, especially with their onion rings, done 1 minute longer. Yum!

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A Tastier Map

A Tastier Map

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

Good grief, Georgia is insanely Waffled.

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#35

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

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

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#36

US Governors By Eye Color

US Governors By Eye Color

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dena masoomi
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m not sure what to do with this information

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#37

Voters Who Didn't Vote For Hillary Or Trump

Voters Who Didn't Vote For Hillary Or Trump

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BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
1 year ago

AND LOOK AT WHAT Y'ALL DID!!

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#38

Average Size Of US Apartments By Region

Average Size Of US Apartments By Region

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Ryleigh
Community Member
1 year ago

dang

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#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

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
1 year 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.

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#40

US Counties With Gdp Over $100b

US Counties With Gdp Over $100b

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Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#41

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

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

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

give it a month.

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