About Census Dotmap

Jacksonville and Northern Clay and St. Johns Counties.

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What's all this? This is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US Census. The map has 308,450,225 dots - one for each person. Why? I wanted an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies like city boundaries, arterial roads, state lines, &c. Also, it was an interesting challenge. Who is responsible for this? The US Census, mostly. I made the map. I'm Brandon Martin-Anderson. Kieran Huggins came to the rescue with spare server capacity and technical advice after this got Boing Boing'd. How? I wrote a Python script to generate points from US Census block-level counts, and then generated the tiles with Processing. Here's more detail for the interested. The census actually counted 308,745,538 people. Yeah, I don't know. Puerto Rico? The military? I don't see dots. I see smudges. The dots are very small. Try zooming in. Nobody lives in Central Park/Pier 12/County Lockup/Abandoned Themepark. The 2010 Census reported that someone lived there.

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