Saturday, October 25, 2014

This map is a little rough.  I need to clean up some of the borders.  Here though is a map showing the Peach State's MSAs.  A Metropolitan Statistical Area is defined by urban population and workforce commuting.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Georgia's AHECs

Most?  all?  states have AHECs (Area Health Education Centers).  This map shows Georgia's counties, health districts, and AHECs on one easy map.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Georgia on My Mind

This next series of maps I'm starting to post today are ones I've made to help myself and colleagues who work in public health in Georgia.  This one shows Georgia's 159 counties.  Georgia has a boatload of counties; the second most of any state after Texas.  (Kentucky ranks 3rd by the way in the number of counties.)  Each county in Georgia has a health department which in turn is also part of 18 multi-county health districts.  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Equality State of Wyoming, the first state to allow women to legally vote, on Friday became the 32nd state to legalize civil marriage for same sex couples.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Empty Homes in America's Cities

This map shows the percentages of vacant housing units in the 363 metros in the Lower 48 states.  It appears to highlight vacation homes.  Popular beach destinations such as Fort Myers (FL), Naples (FL), Panama Beach (FL), and Wilmington (NC) all show 25-50% of their housing units as vacation.  In one oceanside metro (Ocean City, NJ), 58% of housing units were recorded as vacant in April 2010.

Friday, October 17, 2014

And Marriages Are Back in Alaska

The US Supreme Court lifted the stay on marriages in Alaska today so it goes back to blue.

The Rapidly Changing Marriage Map

As expected, the various states in the 9th, 10th, and 4th appellate circuits are catching up this week to those courts' rulings striking down bans on same sex marriage:

  • Civil marriage for same sex couples is now legal in North Carolina.  South Carolina continues to fight the ruling, but the law is fairly clear that South Carolina must also abide by the 4th circuit's ruling.  
  • In the 10th circuit a Wyoming judge has said he will rule by Monday on whether to strike down Wyoming's ban.  I'm not quite sure what is going on in Kansas.
  • In the 9th an Alaskan judge struck down that state's ban. Couples began marrying but the state was able to get a temporary stay.  So it has gone from blue back to pink.  And in Arizona a judge ruled today there to strike down that state's ban and marriages are starting there.  Plaintiffs in Montana are seeking the court to affirm the 9th's decision applies to Montana too.  
And while court watchers have been waiting eagerly for the ruling from the 6th, we are still waiting.