John Muir, the founding member of the world renowned ‘Sierra Club’. A inspiration to me and others and one of the reasons I will always pursue my passion of photographing the giant coastal Redwoods 'The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness' JM

John Muir, the founding member of the world renowned ‘Sierra Club’. A inspiration to me and others and one of the reasons I will always pursue my passion of photographing the giant coastal Redwoods 

'The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness' JM

London doesn’t have the best roads for cycling, and currently in the news, its all about potholes. I’ve seen some crazy ones on my cycle into work and avoided ones which probably would’ve taken my life. Seeing the sunrise over London does help soothe any notion of an accident, albeit for a few seconds… 

London doesn’t have the best roads for cycling, and currently in the news, its all about potholes. I’ve seen some crazy ones on my cycle into work and avoided ones which probably would’ve taken my life. Seeing the sunrise over London does help soothe any notion of an accident, albeit for a few seconds… 

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Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading
Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.
Map observations
The map tends to highlight two types of areas:
places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.
Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.
Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.
At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.
Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.
In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.
Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.
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Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.
I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?
Errata
The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.
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©mapsbynik 2014 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth Made with Tilemill USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading

Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.

Map observations

The map tends to highlight two types of areas:

  • places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
  • places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.

Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.

Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.

At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.

Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.

Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.

In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.

Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.

::

Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.

I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?

Errata

  • The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
  • Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.

::

©mapsbynik 2014
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau
Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth
Made with Tilemill
USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

it may be unhealthy according to the people who like to be healthy and stay fit, but deep down, they can’t resist the smell that swirls from fish and chips shops, that sweet smell of salt and vinegar……bet your dreaming about it right now…….

it may be unhealthy according to the people who like to be healthy and stay fit, but deep down, they can’t resist the smell that swirls from fish and chips shops, that sweet smell of salt and vinegar……bet your dreaming about it right now…….

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(via 500px / Woods by Kristina Wilson)

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(via 500px / Woods by Kristina Wilson)

Moments later the heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down hard here in #nyc #timesquare #newyork #people #instamood #instadaily #tourists #m24instudio #usa #lights #billboards

Moments later the heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down hard here in #nyc #timesquare #newyork #people #instamood #instadaily #tourists #m24instudio #usa #lights #billboards

Key to understanding life and people around us is to #explore . Seek the new and embrace the fear 

#yosemite #m24instudio #landscape #wanderlust #inspire #igtravel #instatravel #webstagram #travelphotography #adventure

Key to understanding life and people around us is to #explore . Seek the new and embrace the fear

#yosemite #m24instudio #landscape #wanderlust #inspire #igtravel #instatravel #webstagram #travelphotography #adventure

Central Park provides respite from the craziness that is New York, its nice to know it exists in this metropolis of concrete. At times you forget your in New York, even spotting wildlife brings a smile….

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Please check my collection of photos that I’ve taken across the world Central Park provides respite from the craziness that is New York, its nice to know it exists in this metropolis of concrete. At times you forget your in New York, even spotting wildlife brings a smile….

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Please check my collection of photos that I’ve taken across the world Central Park provides respite from the craziness that is New York, its nice to know it exists in this metropolis of concrete. At times you forget your in New York, even spotting wildlife brings a smile….

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Central Park provides respite from the craziness that is New York, its nice to know it exists in this metropolis of concrete. At times you forget your in New York, even spotting wildlife brings a smile….

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I didn’t see this last time I was in #NewYork but actually came across it in a dating show, shown here in the UK, and it was by chance I came across it when I was walking through the park
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I didn’t see this last time I was in #NewYork but actually came across it in a dating show, shown here in the UK, and it was by chance I came across it when I was walking through the park

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I was staying at the Marmara Manhattan for my stay in #NewYork and central park was just a few blocks walk which was quite nice. To have a park in the city and a sizable park at that, it adds a refreshing respite from the daily grind that is New York
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I was staying at the Marmara Manhattan for my stay in #NewYork and central park was just a few blocks walk which was quite nice. To have a park in the city and a sizable park at that, it adds a refreshing respite from the daily grind that is New York

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Celestial Existence | by Scott Smorra

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Celestial Existence | by Scott Smorra

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Born and raised in London does have its quirks. Growing up in London, the thing that has always been accepted is the weather. Mostly it rains, it can get windy and at times very cold, but its not always sunny, so when moments of warmth does cover London, the whole capital comes alive, the people are more happier, you sense a change in mood and for some makes work even bearable. The Sun is a powerful object to which we as humans owe our life to. But its the simplest act of seeing its rays shine across the horizon, feeling its warm glow on our face that makes us smile. I can attest to seeing the sun rise and set in some pretty amazing locations on this planet, but truth be told, doesn’t really matter where you see it, it just makes you happy. This photo I took early in the morning near my home. You can find beauty everywhere.
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Born and raised in London does have its quirks. Growing up in London, the thing that has always been accepted is the weather. Mostly it rains, it can get windy and at times very cold, but its not always sunny, so when moments of warmth does cover London, the whole capital comes alive, the people are more happier, you sense a change in mood and for some makes work even bearable. The Sun is a powerful object to which we as humans owe our life to. But its the simplest act of seeing its rays shine across the horizon, feeling its warm glow on our face that makes us smile. I can attest to seeing the sun rise and set in some pretty amazing locations on this planet, but truth be told, doesn’t really matter where you see it, it just makes you happy. This photo I took early in the morning near my home. You can find beauty everywhere.

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