29 Maps of America That'll Make You Question Everything

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Can You Afford an Apartment?

New York and California may be two of the more desirable places to live in America, but that is quickly changing as prices are skyrocketing.

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Think it may be time for a roommate? Depending on where you live, you may not even have to think twice about whether you need some help making ends meet. 

Did You Want Fries With That?

We have already seen that McDonald's is the most popular place for people to go for some late-night drunk food, but we all have our own favorite burger place to go to if given the opportunity.

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Here we see that McDonald's may be everywhere but it is not the only option. Burger King and the Queen of Dairy remain towards the top of the charts and Texans have made Sonic burger their choice.

Don't Forget the Trees!

The settlers of America were wowed by the amazing variety of trees across the country. This map reveals that the East Coast and South has a wider variety.

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With over a hundred different species of trees in some parts, the eastern coast of the States sports the most diverse tree population. However, with more than one thousand species of trees scattered across the country there is something for tree enthusiasts everywhere.

Have College Debt?

As you probably already know, college debt can be crippling and hard to get out of. Looks like the East Coast takes the cake where college debt is concerned.

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Upon graduating, most graduates owe more in college debts than the average American earns in one year. It can take years to pay off!

Highest-Paid Public Employees

This one will definitely make your head spin. Did you know that the highest-paid public employees happen to be sporting coaches? Colleges and high schools are willing to shell out a pretty penny for a winning team.

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A high school football coach makes an average of around $45K a year, while the average salary for a college football coach is 2.7 million dollars a year. 

There's a Real Thing About Depression and Where We Live

According to this map, the happiness factor is definitely connected to where we live. As you can see, a bit of sunshine tends to bread more smiles.

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It gets pretty cold up in the North of the country as well is in the middle and the East Coast. The result is increased levels of depression. If you're prone to being easily affected by the weather, you may want to consider California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, or other states in the blue zones of the map.

Who Built America? And Where?

The United States was built by immigrants. This map charts out exactly where predominantly built which parts. 

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In the hundred years between 1820 and 1930 more than 6 million Germans and 4.5 million Irish made the long journey by boat from Europe to the New World. That makes up almost 10% of the entire population of America in 1930.

Healthy Eating

Organic farming is emerging as a more and more imp0rtant factor for overall health. California, Wisconsin, and New York are leading the way.

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Organic food can be expensive and arduous to grow, which leads to most Americans eating conventionally grown fruits and veggies. Growing also has a lot to do with region — harsher weather conditions and less sun can play a big role.

Land Distribution

Have you ever thought of America in terms of how land is distributed throughout the country? As you can see the Middle of America is largely cow country, while the Northwest is largely private family timberland.

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Get over to the East Coast, and we're talking A LOT of housing and in Florida reside the 100 largest landowning families in the country. Who knew?

Annual Freight Tonnage by Train, Highways, and Waterways

Every day tons and tons of freight are moved around the United States to make people happy. If it weren't for this effort, we wouldn't have all the products we think we can't live without, food to eat, and more.

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Out East, the waterways and highways take the majority of the loads down the coast. Out West one can always see numerous cargo trucks hauling supplies along the national highway. Railways aren't what they used to be, as they used to carry most everything to meet the needs of humans.

Starbucks Mania

Americans LOVE their coffee, and to meet our needs coffee chains around the U.S. are huge moneymakers. As you can see Starbucks takes the cake in the majority of states. 

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On the East Coast and in Florida Dunkin' Donuts is the favorite. In Minnesota, Caribou is the favorite. As for total coffee shops per 100,000 population, it's not too surprising that the colder areas of the country have the largest concentration of coffee shops. 

Vices by State

This is a fascinating take on Americans! Somehow, a group of people have decided which vices Americans have based on where they live. It probably isn't a surprise that Americans think of the East and West coast is the "Greed" zones.

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As for Lust, it looks like the South takes the cake. And Sloth? Looks like the Northwest and pockets of California are hotbed for it. And finally, pride is a huge issue in the South and the West Coast. 

Jobs Immigrants Take Most Per State

The backbone of America is its immigrant population and what they do varies greatly by the state they move to. It appears that housekeepers tend to congregate in Nevada, Texas, Florida, and a couple Southern states. 

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On the West Coast agriculture jobs are plentiful and driven by immigrants, and on the East Coast home health aides are extremely important to the families they serve. There are also lots of cooks in the kitchen in Tennessee and a few other states.

A Different View Point

The map that is used in Australian schools has Australia in the center and North America to the East. This is just a fun one for a bit of a different perspective.

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This is proof that America isn't always the center of the universe. It's a nice ego-check for all of us!

3D Map of Population Density

This is a fun look at population density throughout the country. Of course, the West and East coasts are most populous. 

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Florida, Minnesota, and Northern states are also growing pretty quickly. If you're looking for more space, you may consider heading to Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Maine. 

Lots of Highways for Everyone

This map shows how to get from one end of the country to the other. Thankfully, the highway system is pretty easy to navigate these days with Waze and Google Maps, but this is a great visual as to how many highways there are.

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Connecting Americans with each other far and wide, the National Highway Services helps to unite all parts of America, with over 164 000 miles of roads that stretch right across the country.

"Worst Possible States"

If you're looking to move to Illinois or Rhode Island, you may want to do some research. For some reason, numerous people who live in these states don't appear to be very happy. In the South, Louisiana and Mississippi are complaining as well.

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Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado all seem to be pretty happy. Regardless of what this map says, how about we all work together to create happiness wherever we are?

Noise Pollution by State

We have just seen that mother nature on the east coast has caused more natural noise pollution than elsewhere in the country. It is now time to see where the majority of all noise pollution in America comes from (not just the natural kind).

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It does not come as any surprise that the Los Angeles and San Francisco produce a lot of noise or that the deserts and plain regions have the least.

Drunk Dining Index

McDonald's and Taco Bell are all the rave for those who drunk dine. In the South, Waffle House is the favorite. Who doesn't like the combo of syrup-drenched waffles and chicken?

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Have you found yourself craving anything special when out partying the night away? If you're like me fries and ketchup hit the spot... oh yea... an a chocolate malt!

Earthquakes Everywhere!

You may have thought that California takes the cake where earthquake magnitude is concerned, but it's actually Alaska, Arkansas, and Missouri that tops the charts.

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If you live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Maine, you're probably lucked out and not experienced any major tremors. Wow, though, if you're in Hawaii, you've experienced a pretty big one at 7.9. 

With or Without Pulp?

A nice glass of fresh squeezed OJ is always nice with breakfast. It might be surprising to learn which is the only state increasing its annual orange production.

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Even the orange production is bigger in Texas. Out of the three main states that produce oranges each year only Texas has shown an increase in production.

If A Tree Falls And No One Is Around To Hear It...

This map measures natural loudness across the country. Natural loudness is measured in decibels by the noises of the wild. This could be the sound of the wind, the water, the birds, and yes, even the sound of a tree falling in the forest with no one around.

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From the Mid-West all the way to the East and the South, natural sounds can be off the charts! The deserts are the quietest, but that's not a huge surprise.

Where Can You Afford to Buy a House?

It is crazy to think that the average annual salary needed to buy a house in New York City is almost double that of being a homeowner in sunny Tampa Bay. But that's nothing compared to the prices out west.

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The West Coast is getting out of control these days, but the South is still quite affordable. Kansas City and St. Louis are steals. Anyone ready for a move?

Where the Homeless Live

The West Coast is the favorite for the homeless population. California, with its warm weather is a crowd pleaser and New York takes the cake in the East.

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Over 150,000 homeless people in California and almost 100,000 in New York alone. That is almost a quarter of a million homeless individuals in just two states.

Acquisitions of American Territories by President

Presidents are constantly attempting to leave their marks and cement their legacies. Some of them are just better at the 'Art of the Deal' than others.

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Andrew Johnson purchased Alaska for only 7.2 million dollars in the year the first Canada Day was celebrated in 1867, and the Louisiana Purchase cost Thomas Jefferson a whopping 15 million dollars in 1803.

You Can Speed the Fastest Here...

California, some of the Mid-West, and much of the south is in the 70 MPH zone, while those in the wild Western states are lucky enough to fly at 80 MPH. The East Coast is extra slow, so be prepared to watch your speed.

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Most states do have a similar maximum speed limit, but it is always better to check first before going on a road trip. Being pulled over by a state trooper is a great way to ruin a vacation.

Soy Beans Everywhere?

Over the past few decades, we have seen an increase in alternative eating habits (thanks to vegetarians and vegans) and soybeans are been the base of a lot of these products.

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We give thanks to the American prairies' production of soybeans f0r soy burgers, soy lattes, and other plant-based nosh. 

Family Sizes Vary

Families are most plentiful in California, Utah, and Texas, while really lagging in Maine. Factors affecting these numbers include ethnic breakdown, religion, and socio-economic breakdown.

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It appears that the Northern-most part of the country is lagging behind, whereas the warmer parts of the country are more actively getting pregnant. Interestingly enough, the same is happening in Northern Europe.

Where to Live the Longest

There has been quite a bit of research done on which states inspire the longest lives. This map reveals that California and New York are leading the charge. Much of the South are struggling a bit, except for Florida.

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There are a handful of reasons why some states are healthier than others including diet, social economic breakdown, and overall quality of life.

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