Sunday, June 20, 2010

Interactive Population Movement Maps Are the Geography of the Day

Forbes has created an online, interactive map of U.S. migration patterns based on IRS data. The map is interesting enough in comparing what counties have very mobile populations (i.e. the urban centers) and which have almost completely sedentary populations (check out the Indian reservations in southwestern South Dakota).

What is truly fascinating is how this map/tool is how its being applied. ZDNet explores how the depicted population movements reflect support for former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama. Meanwhile the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute used the tool to compare the push-pull of Texas' conservative-minded development to California's liberal-minded development (Hat tip: Goethe Girl).

It is great to see that easily accessible geographic data is encouraging people to explore the geography and meaning of American migration. A Google search shows the map tool is very popular. If you can find another useful/neat/odd application of Forbes' map post the link in the comment section!


Anonymous said...

The American enterprise institute are not "conservative". They are an extreme NEO-conservative organization of Jewish fascists. They played a key role in suckering a not teribly bright George Bush into invading Iraq and fighting a destructive war for their beloved Israel.

Catholicgauze said...

You know that since 1984 the presidents of AEI have been Catholic, right?

Goethe Girl said...

Hey, Catholicgauze, where are you going on your honeymoon? There must be a geographic angle, right? There is no busman's holiday for us creative folk! And "Anonymous": what do you mean by Jewish fascists? That sounds like so yesterday.