Saturday, 8 October 2011

Map of America

I have chosen this map as it follows on from our previous lesson with regards to the comparative population density of the United States. There are approximately 300 million people in the US and the country is 3,794,101 square miles which means that there is a popultion density of 79 Americans per square mile. This leads on to the quote from Gertrude Stein of "In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is". This is because the population density averages per state, for example, Alaska is the least populated state with 1 person by square mile followed by Wyoming with 5 inhabitant per square mile compared to the most populated states being New Jersey with 1,138 inhabitants followed by Rhode Island which has 1,003 inhabitants per square mile. However these average densities are also affected by their relatively rural areas but for really high densities there is Brooklyn which is a borough of New York with 2.56 million inhabitants and 71 square miles which means that it works out to a massive 34,916 inhabitants per square mile.
What this map is showing is that if all the inhabitants of the US were to live in one state, only a small amount of space would be needed which would be the size of New Hampshire meaning the rest of the country would be devoid of people and therefore a lot greener. It is also showing that although America is large in size with many states, not all of them are highly populated or even easy to live in due to many reasons such as climate and landscape.

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