Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Geography of the Occupy Protests: It is a West Coast Thing

The New York Times political blog 538 has a geography of the Occupy movement in the United States post.  After examining the various protests and assigning them into census bureau regions (PDF) the blog has discovered the Western Census Bureau Region by far has the most protesters.  Over half the protesters despite only having twenty-three percent of the countries population. 

Further examination shows that most of the Western Census Bureau Region protests are along the West Coast, which is jokingly called the "Left Coast" by conservatives.  The West Coast still has a large plurality of protesters even when one excludes non-coastal Western cities like Denver and Las Vegas.




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