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Monday, Nov 8, 2004, 9:06 am

and even more maps….

By Phoebe Connelly

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these even more pleasing because they are cartograms. A cartogram, for us non-cartographers, is:

a map in which the sizes of states have been rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with a size proportional not to their sheer topographic acreage -- which has little to do with politics -- but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. Thus, on such a map, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.

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Phoebe Connelly, a former managing editor at In These Times, is Web Editor at The American Prospect.

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