In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, I love maps. Every map has a story, and designer Michael Pecirno has designed several different maps using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tell a story about land use in the U.S., and therefore its citizens too. For example, this one of urbanization:
While the locations of big cities aren’t a surprise, a close look at the map reveals all sorts of interesting development patterns, such as the rows of small towns strung along interstates in the Midwest, the absolute lack of development across huge stretches of the West, and the emerging Southeast megalopolis stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh.
I found the ones for corn and forests fascinating:
You can check out more at Michael Percirno’s minimal maps website.