Interactive dot map aims to show every person in U.S., Canada
January 22nd, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Interactive dot map aims to show every person in U.S., Canada

Do you ever feel like the place you live is just a dot on a map? Well, if you live in the U.S. or Canada, Brandon Martin-Anderson just made you a dot on a map.

The MIT graduate student has built an interactive online map that displays one dot for every resident of the United States and Canada, as counted by the most recent censuses. That's 341,817,095 dots. Hover over your town or city, and black smudges on the map gradually dissolve into dot clusters and then individual dots as you zoom in.

"The reason why it (the map) keeps getting shared around is that it intersects with everyone's personal narrative," says Martin-Anderson, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab. "People want to be a piece of something larger."

Martin-Anderson wrote a Python script to generate points from census block-level counts of people, then wrote another script to sort the dots. The project took him about a week's worth of full-time coding, he said in an interview with CNN.

The map contains no identifying labels, roads or geographical features, so it can be hard to pinpoint locations. Martin-Anderson says he wanted "an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies" such as arterial roads or city and state boundaries.

"All you have to do is throw 300 million points onto a page, and all these patterns pop out," he said. "People live wherever there is agriculture, and agriculture happens wherever there is rain."

Indeed, the map illustrates his point: The eastern, lusher half of the U.S. is peppered with black smudges, while the west has vast stretches of white.

Martin-Anderson is not the first to build a dotmap of population patterns - the U.S. Census has been doing them for years - but he may the first to assign one dot for each person. Coincidentally, Foursquare, the location-based networking app, published a similar interactive map last week that shows the locations of 500 million user check-ins around the world.

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  6. palintwit

    How will they be able to spot the toothless inbreds south of the Mason-Dixon line?

    January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Dean

      They'll be the ones working so the lazy yankees can have food to eat.

      January 28, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
  7. groo

    It looks a lot more to me like one of those nighttime photographs from NASA and the image has been processed to show a negative version of it.

    January 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • hee hee

      Because light output correlates to population density, it could not possibly look like anything else.

      January 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  8. groo

    This map is WAY off. Unless the U.S. Census has counted people living inside malls, deep woods or in the local buffalo pen where I live.

    January 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  9. MountainBill

    Busted. I live in rural Maine. My road is there, but there are no dots for my wife and myself. Yes, we were counted in the census. So much for the Census folks accuracy.

    January 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  10. Sarah

    Interesting population divide between East and West.

    January 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  11. tn5rr2012

    WOW I was all excited to find my little dot on this map and then realized I didn't fill my 2010 Census form out so this map is missing two people... LOL

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    January 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  12. Max

    DOTs all folks.

    January 27, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  13. Tony

    Good. Let all the cops, FBI agents, etc. NOT be excluded from this map.

    THEN you'll see this idea "go down the tubes."

    January 27, 2013 at 5:32 am | Reply
    • TinKnight

      Show me where it says that the cops are excluded. Nothing states that, and there's no reason to exclude it.

      The Census counts law enforcement officials, as well as all other "public servants," just as they count everyone else.
      Neither the Census data that's publicly released, nor this map, identifies anybody personally...so there's no reason to believe they'd filter out law enforcement officials from the massive amount of information, or for you to feel like your privacy has somehow been violated.

      Get over your paranoia, please, it's ruining your Monday.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  14. Ajax

    I suppose there is some artistic value to it but it has no real useful practical purpose. Seems like a waste of time to me.

    January 27, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • Me

      Art is pointless anyway.

      January 27, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • OldRetiredGuy

        Wrong! There is a style called pointilism. Look it up.

        January 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Jon

      That's not true, you can overlay this information with other stored data, such as industry types, rainfall as they mentioned, highways, ect. Among many other queries that may not be obvious, to obtain insights and understanding into human population studies. This is basic GIS, but is a good layer of information, that could be added to old census data and show changes over time based off of changing environments. .

      January 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • stanley

      Nothing has any "useful" value, aside from what people ascribe to it. I say this map has useful value because 1) it's pretty, and 2) it's informative. If you don't agree, go read something else.

      January 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • TinKnight

      Demographics, and the study of who lives where and why, are VERY relevant.
      It's how taxes and funding is allocated, it's how businesses decide where to locate and advertise...it's what helps determine property values, municipal planning, infrastructure planning...

      And, from education perspectives, it helps analyze migratory patterns, climate change (whether you agree it's man-made or even man-affected, it's still changing)...soooo much more.

      It's DEFINITELY a useful study, and this map, from a high-level perspective, is a part of that.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  15. WilsonPhillipshead

    India has the most dots by far.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  16. jfc1

    get off my dot, biyatch

    January 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  17. Ronaldb62

    Do Indians get counted twice?

    January 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  18. Bugsy

    That's pretty cool. Not far off from the map I saw on National Geographic. It was taken by satellites at night and showed all the lights across America which is the photo negative of this in someways. It also showed raging forest fires so not a perfect opposite.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  19. Vark 13

    Hey, does Manti Te'o's girlfriend have a dot?

    January 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

      No, but I have two.

      January 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  20. Rich

    The hell with your dot map.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  21. Chuck

    I found my dot!

    January 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Al Capone

      I just found the dot for Jimmy Hoffa!

      January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • George

      I found Obama's

      January 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  22. crosshairny

    While this serves towards the curious person, it's also a great tool for terrorists and enemy (now or to-be) countries.

    January 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • sfduck

      yeah, cuz they didn't know where the populous areas of the US were before this dot map.

      January 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • ParaNoid

      Yes, because it is hard to look up population information online these days.... Try drinking less paranoia juice jimmy. If someone wants to bomb a populated area, I doubt very much they will be, "YES! Finally the map of census dots! Now we can finally execute our plan!".

      January 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Ricardo

      Dammit, you're right. Now the terrorist know that New York is heavily populated. Fly you fools!

      January 26, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
  23. Chemjes

    With all those dots on North East coast you would figure we would have better college football.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • TinKnight

      It's precisely BECAUSE of all of the dots that the Northeast doesn't have good football...too much overpopulation means there aren't yards for playing catch, fields for playing pick-up games, nor room (or budgeting) for schools to dedicate a significant portion of very expensive land to "a game."

      January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  24. Major

    My goal is to never have my "dot" counted in this twisted little "Big Brother" fantasy.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • ObiWon

      Amen brother.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • TinKnight

      That's it..."It's all about me! I'm not going to participate in society! I want roads to be built, fiber optic and other lines to be laid, police, fire, and ambulance departments to watch over me...but I don't want them to know I exist!! But I'll post onto CNN and other websites, which will track all of my activity!"

      Seriously, people, get over the twisted idea that mere knowledge of your existence (necessary to ensure you're properly covered for when you need assistance) is bad, but tracking all of your online activity is good.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
  25. Dana Hill

    Hey! I can see Lennay Kekua!

    January 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  26. Greg Faith

    I would like to thank the developer of this as it has made me laugh for the first time in a few days. The comments are too funny. Maybe update the dots each ten years and I'll check back again with CNN and get a good chuckle.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  27. Greg Faith

    When I moved, did my dot move too?

    January 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • TinKnight

      Not unless you somehow told the Census in 2010 that you were going to be somewhere else in 2013.

      It's simply transferring 2010 Census data into a visual representation....this is no different than thousands of other demographic studies showing the locations of people (it's just more "precise").

      January 28, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  28. GIS Guy

    So this guy geo-coded the entire census and placed a dot for every person at the address they lIsted... yawn, anyone with a basic background in geographic information systems and enough time can do this. While noteworthy, it's not newsworthy. People in private industry do this all the time for marketing and demographic business information.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • peckbag

      What did you do today, ass-munch?

      January 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
      • James

        Hahahaha

        January 25, 2013 at 8:29 am |
      • Smarty

        But isn't he right!!

        January 25, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • MC

      Oh blow it out your @ss, half-wit.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:16 am | Reply
    • ObiWon

      CNN and news don't go together.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Sierra Foxtrot

        You are correct, CNN = Cable Network Nonsense!

        January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  29. Chris

    Whether this is supposed to be based on census or cell phone data it is very wrong. There are 450 people in the building where I am working now, the map is blank in this area. The end of Alameda Point NAS in the SF Bay nearest San Francisco is shown as having a couple of reasonably dense areas of population. If you check Google maps satellite maps for that area you will see it has no form of occupation, nobody lives or works there or even has access to it.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Apparently, reading comprehension and an understanding of what and how the census makes its counts are beyond your grasp. Next time, try to do more than just look at the pictures; the text takes the time to explain what they represent, but that won't do you any good at all if you don't bother to read it.

      January 25, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  30. Boo

    I don't want to be a dot...I want to be a star!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  31. Conrad Shull

    Great. They got me just as I was picking my nose!

    January 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  32. bobber

    The unit I am using has no gps. I think it is wonderful how people can use their cell phone as a gps unit. I also think that map location units are very useful. Technology sure comes in handy.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  33. USAUSA

    How come my wife's dot at my girlfriend's dot's apartment?

    January 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  34. Ben

    How long until I can get my own Marauder's Map?

    January 23, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  35. JVazquez

    Oh my, I DON'T EXIST!!! I zoom in to where I'm standing right now, and there is no dot!! What I'm I gonna do now?

    January 23, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Myto Senseworth

      That's dot to be stressful.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  36. Myto Senseworth

    That's just my mailing address. I am actually ""here""".

    January 23, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  37. Liar T Krazo

    I can see Sarah Palin's dot from my house!

    January 23, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Is that dot looking at other dots from Russia ?

      January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • Myto Senseworth

        Dot's not my problem.

        January 23, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • Darf V

      Everyone can see Sarah Palin's dot...

      January 23, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
      • are122

        Hmmm yeah, too bad they don't show butts instead of dots.

        January 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  38. topconservative

    I SEE ME!.......... I SEE ME!

    January 23, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
  39. Makes you Wonder

    Interesting. Begs the question as to why we give so much representation in Congress to the mid-west and Mountain time zones – especially two senators each from the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana! Ugh...

    January 23, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      Umm, perhaps so low population states have SOME say in their governance? That is why they have an equal say in 1/2 of of the legislative branch of government. It is the whole reason we have two distinct methods selecting the amount of influence a state has. Some very bright people designed our government via the Consti.tution.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:41 am | Reply
      • Greg

        Well Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusee Meeeeeeeeee!

        January 25, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Sam Adams

      Because we've chosen a republic as our form of government?

      January 23, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • JC in Western US

      Because we're Americans too.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Conrad Shull

      Fair question. But it begs another good question: why do those dense globs of people have any say what happens in the white spaces?

      January 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • Don

        Because they have all the money. And, based on this map, he's wrong about people living where there is agriculture. The agriculture is in the whit spaces (duh), as it needs land space, to grow. The concentration of black areas, have no agriculture.

        January 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
      • JustSomeGuy

        That's not exactly true Don ... in many of the very dark areas, there is a lot of agriculture ... and some of the white areas include land that is not hospitable to agriculture or people ... like most of Nevada for example. I live in the Indianapolis area .. on the map it is represented as a dark area ... but not more than a couple miles from me are corn fields for as far as you can see. New Jersey is almost completely dark on this map ... New Jersey ... the Garden State. It is the most densely populated state in the country ... and is filled primarily with agriculture.

        January 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Jeff

      Glad to see you made it through government classes in high school....

      January 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  40. annarbordave

    Very cool, but... It's easy to get lost in the dots when you zoom in. Where am I? At the very least, put in cross-hairs to help me navigate into an area of interest. Sure would be nice to have some other markers - interstates at the very least.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Click the icon to add lables in the upper rigth corner. I was able to zoom down to the street level. Then discovered the program spatial data aray doesn't place people in their homes. So the data is good at the 50,00 foot level but misses the mark at the street network level.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
  41. orlop

    And most of these dots get in cars and move around.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:17 am | Reply
  42. n2it

    Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it's dot.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:31 am | Reply
    • theracistright

      what, your father is back in the states?

      January 23, 2013 at 5:17 am | Reply
    • Jsn

      Somewhere on the CNN boards, someone doesn't know the difference between 'it's' and 'its'.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
      • kris

        and somewhere someone just replied incorrectly with the nonexistent its'.

        January 23, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Somewhere in Norway a bridge is missing its troll.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • Boo

      And somewhere in your head, you're missing a brain.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  43. douglas

    In Chicago, they used bullet holes instead of pin.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:18 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      They could just use your head.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  44. chiliconkyle

    Poor Earth, covered in mold.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:15 am | Reply
  45. Jeff

    Not including the illegals.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
    • William

      Quadruple the dots in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. That should come somewhere close in representing the illegals.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
      • MarkinFL

        So 3 out of 4 people in those states are illegals? Right.

        January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am |
      • Don

        You forgot the largest concentration of illegals – California.

        January 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Rapada

    Thesis shows why there is an East Coast Bias.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
  47. eville11

    Later we'll all move around and when you connect the dots it'll be a picture of a AR 15... or a big mural of walmart store.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  48. Daniel

    The night illumination photos taken from space show virtually the same thing.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:16 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      For virtually the same reason.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
  49. mountainlady

    So... if this is supposed to be the US, where are Alaska and Hawaii? My dot is not represented! I protest!

    January 23, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • MOCaseA

      Follow the link and you can find them

      January 23, 2013 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • Canada

      ahhh yes! the two states that are somehow not part of an empire, just not close to the rest of your country!

      January 23, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • Mike

        You empire is quite icy :)

        January 23, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  50. Vu

    Any way to show the red and blue dots so we can spread latinos for next election.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      No need to bring se.x into this. Next thing you know everyone is going to get all political.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:59 am | Reply
  51. Martin

    Looks like mold ruining and covering a wall, poor planet Earth....

    January 23, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • Liar T Krazo

      Marty...Give up your dot! It's not ALL our fault.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
  52. teaclown

    According to this, NC and Virginia are more heavily populated than California.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • Jon

      No it doesn't. It just means those states have more people in them once you get out of their big cites. But the amount people condensed inside California's major cities, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland outnumber entire states. But once you leave them, there's hardly a population, with towns not exceeding 100 people.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      Look up the definition of "density"

      January 23, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
  53. Plopped

    Now I know where to move..,,

    January 23, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
  54. Tyler

    This is VERY old news.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      Umm, since the story is about a specific tool and not population distribution it is not really old news.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:47 am | Reply
  55. Mkay Nthnx

    "he wanted "an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies" such as arterial roads or city and state boundaries"

    That's not quite true. If you have ever flown in an airplain or driven the interstate those dots directly correspond to arterial roads, interstates, cities, and state boundries. You can tell it by the regular patterns and intervals of small towns that are often just gas stations and truck stps, and clusters of light from above. It's even more obvious when you see the bulbs of light pollution 5-10 miles away indicating a town, and big cities can be seen from 10 – 20 miles away. I bet if I connected the dots, I could use it as an interstate atlas. I bet also I could use this map to find cell phone coverage, and where gas prices are going to be higher, or where the rude and obnoxious drivers are going to be based off of intensity. I can find where the major airports are, roughly predict property prices, and where the cancer rates are higher. Where there are more humans, there are more problems. I think when I retire I want to either A: own a private island, B: Move to Arizona, or C: find a small town t live in out west.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Mkay Nthnx

      *Airplane among the other typos and mis-spellings.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • JOSEYWALES

        A wee bit Critical arent we?

        January 23, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • MarkinFL

      He said the tool is unmediated, not the population. Most of that stuff you mentioned followed the population which initially settled in areas with good natural resources..The man made resources then both anchored people to those areas and allowed expansion into a wider area. Its all a very complex inter-relationship.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
  56. volsocal

    Oh, my, everyone can see my dot!

    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  57. cpc65

    Gotta love that Northeast corridor. I live in the smallest state in the US but we have a higher population than some states out west that are 20 – 30 times our size.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • DJ

      I don't follow your logic. That's suposed to be good??

      January 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  58. Sorcha

    LOL! According to this map, there is NO ONE where I live! Let's keep it that way!

    January 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • Ca Ed

      Maybe your just have a small dot.
      That's ok. Some say, size doesn't matter.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      A simple matter of resolution. Just keep zooming.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  59. dude

    Very cool especially when you zoom in.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  60. DB

    Oh great, now the robbers know whose house to rob.

    Kidding only, this is pretty interesting!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  61. Ariel

    it is nice to know they know where everyone lives.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      Kind of hard to get your mail if they don't.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
  62. Doug

    Complete garbage to say this is the first time doing this kind of plot map. I work for Nielsen, the demographics and TV ratings company. We and our clients have the ability to do this kind of plotting of US households on digital maps for almost a decade. Surprising that someone who self promotes can get an article about something that is not new

    January 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • AcWorth

      I'm assuming you didn't read the entire article? Did you miss the part that said "one dot for every person". These maps that Nielsen have been doing for decades, by your own admission do dots per household. Can you "spot" the difference?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      I guess working for Neilson causes people to look at everything from a aggregate point of view, glossing over the details.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  63. jim d

    like bob seger said " like a tiny blade of grass in a great big field".....

    January 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  64. jon

    The Earth's life threatening infection is spreading, gangrene.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • empresstrudy

      All I can suggest then is to unleash some kind of super ebola that wipes out everyone. I will laugh myself to death if that happens.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Caiha13

      Charity starts at home. Hurry it up.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • ready

      kill yourself then.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
  65. Biffsimple

    Hmmmm, maybe if the Gub'ment didn't OWN half of the western states, there would be someone there. When 80%+ of a State is a park, military base, forest or other Federal land, no wonder it's blank.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • ready

      Yes, thats all we need in the water depleted west, more people

      January 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

      BLM

      January 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • 45on45

      We tend to settle where there are resources necessary for our survival, namely WATER, and well, being habitable helps too. See: Scotland...roughly same area as England, but 1/10th the population...give it a visit, then it'll all make sense.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • orlop

        Not always true. We build where there is a view and then bring the resources to sustain us. Think of living on a mountain or at the seashore. The New Jersey seashore was a pretty place 100 years ago. Now look at it, ugly, crowded with big houses and running out of drinking water.

        January 23, 2013 at 5:24 am |
      • MarkinFL

        Its about scale. A few individuals bringing in the resources is one thing, putting huge populations where there are scarce resources causes problems. Look at water issues in the Florida Keys and several western cities.

        January 23, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • JC in Western US

      The "Gub'mint" you speak of is The People of the United States. I think quite a few of them would prefer that Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument not be put up for sale to the highest bidder and sold for mining rights.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  66. Bummer

    Quite a few people are living in the part in front of my house. Weird, I didn't know that )))

    January 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  67. Joe

    It is clearly cancer.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  68. bc

    Wow really looks like they printed out an outline of the us and let a kid dot all over it.

    Pretty useless

    January 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  69. CommonSensed

    And that is why I have no desire to live east of the rockies.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  70. mdell27

    Looks alot like the 'earth at night' photo

    January 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  71. rad666

    I threw out our census form.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  72. v

    Looks like a lot of room for immigrants on the mid-western side of US IMAO.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • heliocracy

      It might be hard to farm with immigrants hanging out all over...oh wait, never mind. But you can't populate the Rocky Mountains too densely though.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  73. Zman

    Once again, Alaska and Hawaii are not part of the United States

    January 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • ks

      Yep! Until it comes to vacation time or oil, both AK and HI are totally ignored. It might be a good thing tho.............

      January 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
      • Chadrock

        Correct on the vacation part. 2012 was Hawaii, 2013 will be back to Alaska!!!!

        January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • Alicia

      If you follow the link provided to the real map he created, Hawaii and Alaska are included, you just have to move the map a bit to see them.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  74. Dirty Harry

    I like! Not 100 percent accurate at the zoom scale, but overall nice to see the settlement patterns.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  75. tony

    I claim Face-dot as a copyright and trademark

    January 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  76. mary

    I love that I live in a white zone~! :)

    January 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • JoAnMi

      Double Meaning :)

      January 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  77. Nick

    I see there's a lot of black dots on the east coast, with white dots migrating to the mid-west.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  78. choward5400

    look at all them mexicans

    January 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  79. Steve

    We need more people on the left side. We're going to fall over into the Atlantic.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  80. Steve

    I've put in a request to have my dot removed. I'm offended. I'm not that round.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • LOL!!

      LOL!!!! Spilled coffee, but totally worth it! :D

      January 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  81. dutchtown

    If you look real close,you can see green dots in d.c.That represents aliens from the planet stupid.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • JC in Western US

      And they have much higher "density" than the other dots too...

      January 23, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
  82. Abe

    Really this map is simply taking each census blocks and randomly placing the number a number of dots within the block equal to the population for that blocks.

    So sub census block it is useless. Also the census really begins to break down at the block level with a lot of error. This error evens out over a larger scale.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  83. Aaron

    It looks like mold. Hmmm...

    January 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  84. DJ

    This is great. I am looking for a lady who would like to play "connect the dots."

    January 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • JimW

      DJ don't you mean connect the "liver spots"??

      January 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
      • DJ

        No Jim W...Not "live spots". I mean, my dot connected to her dot......object, new dot.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  85. Obama sucks

    OOO look some nice people free hunting land in Utah.....and Wyoming. At 300 to 600 per acre. HERE I COME BABY!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • JC in Western US

      I'm sure Wyoming will welcome you.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  86. Alex

    Phenomenal!

    January 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply

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