Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Seven Deadly Maps
I found this interesting series of maps first at Sociological Images, which has better images found here. It's an attempt to map out the seven deadly sins across the U.S. After taking GIS last year, I have to disagree with their use of color: Blue being considered Saintly, Red being considered Sinful. A monochrome scale would have been easier to understand.
Check out North Florida's coloring on Lust! Louisiana looks fairly sinful as well, but that's not a surprise. The whole "Bible Belt" is swathed in scarlet. Interesting, huh?
Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes — murder, assault and rape — reported to the FBI per capita.
Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment.
Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases — HIV/AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea — reported per capita.
Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line.
Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita.
Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars.
Pride: the root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data.