22 maps that explain America

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NASA/GSFC

At Business Insider, we love maps. There is no better way to convey data about people and places than with a map.

To that end, we’ve put together 22 maps that explain various economic, social, demographic, and linguistic aspects of the United States of America. Check them out.

Rob Wile contributed to an earlier version of this post.


This map shows jobs that are held at a much higher rate in each state than in the country as a whole.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Bureau of Labor Statistics

And here are jobs that pay much more in a state than they do in the country as a whole.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Bureau of Labor Statistics

America’s population is always dynamic. This map shows overall population change between 2014 and 2015, and the next few maps show the various components of that change.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Counties in oil-heavy regions and the west saw many more people born than dying, while Appalachian and northern counties had the opposite.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Coastal cities like San Francisco, New York, and Miami all had a lot of immigration from other countries.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Counties in the northeast saw more people move out than move in, while the south, especially Texas and Florida, had a major influx of domestic movers.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Here were the most popular names for baby boys in 2015 in every state. William was quite popular in the southeast while Noah cleaned up in the southwest.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Social Security Administration

And here are the girls’ names. Emma dominated the middle of the country.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Social Security Administration

Educational inequality still exists in the US. Large parts of the south still have relatively low high school graduation rates.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from 2010-2014 American Community Survey

The US government owns a bunch of land out West. Purple dots represent federally owned land.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from USGS

Marriage is much more common in the heartland than in the northeast and a few other states.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Minnesota Population Center

Age varies among the nation’s counties. Northern areas tend to be older, while southern and western counties have lower median ages.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Large publicly traded companies have their headquarters scattered among the states.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Fortune

The US economy is so large that the GDP of individual states is often comparable to entire other countries.

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AEI

Income inequality varies widely among the states.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Economic Policy Institute

And income for millennials also widely varies.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Minnesota Population Center

While the pay gap between men and women affects Americans across the country, that gap is worse in some states than others.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

The cost of living varies widely across the US, with big coastal cities much more expensive than inland and more rural areas.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Bureau of Economic Analysis

Here’s the country that each state exports the most goods to.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

And the country each state imports the most goods from.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Half of the US population lives in a handful of super-dense counties.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

New York is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Here’s the most commonly spoken language in each NYC neighborhood aside from English or Spanish.

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Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from 2012 American Community Survey PUMS

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