What if we drew the map of the United States based on how people actually live?

Instead of dividing the country up into the familiar outlines of states, this map shows what the U.S. might look like if we based our regions on the pattern which commuters weave every day between cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

More than 4 million lines on this map show the direction and volume of commuter flows. The white borders show a new geography of megaregions based on an algorithmic detection of related communities.

Zoom in and out to explore the map. Roll over the regions to learn their new names. Use the layer control in the upper right corner to turn on City Labels if you need help orienting yourself. Can you find where you live in this new geography of the U.S.?

The megaregions of the United States
Via dartmouth.edu


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