If Only – 7 Deadly Sins Map of America

A clever researcher at Kansas State University clearly needed something catchy to map for a geographer’s conference. And he picked a doozie, conceptually anyway.

The geographer(s) mapped all the rest of the seven deadly sins too. Gluttony is pretty much an evenly distributed nationwide character trait. California is a chart topper in a few categories. Various other cliches are also “confirmed.” But really, isn’t a mapped “sin index” (that’s what these academics named their data), just foolish fun with meaningless numbers? Yes. Yes it is.

This is a precision party trick — rigorous mapping of ridiculous data. – Las Vegas Sun.

ChartPorn was kind enough to synthesize the methodology. And since this is blogging, we can be lazy enough to just cut and paste, their edited cut and pasted. In fact, we didn’t even read it all the way through before posting the excerpt. (And we wonder why newspapers and their actual reporting have become a losing business model, ha!):

Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts – robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes – murder, assault and rape – reported to the FBI per capita. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases – HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea – reported per capita. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita. Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment. And pride, lastly, is most important. The root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data.

We would have calculated gluttony by some kind of spending to income ratio, but hey, Big Macs work too.

Article. Via Cool Infographics. See the other charts here.

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