Seven Deadly American Sins

I came across these maps and thought that this was an interesting way to demonstrate statistics from across the United States.

These images and descriptions of how they were created originally came to me from  Gene Expression, via Andrew Sullivan, One nation, seven sins: Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties.

When reading them, keep in mind that red represents more sinful areas and blue represents less sinful areas.

  1. Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line.
  2. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes — murder, assault and rape — reported to the FBI per capita.
  3. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars.
  4. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita.
  5. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases — HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea — reported per capita.
  6. Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment.
  7. And pride, lastly, is most important. The root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data. Vought and his Kansas colleagues combined all data from the six other sins and averaged it into an overview of all evil.

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