Mapped: America’s Unofficial State Borders

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  04.27.12 | 9:59 AM ET

Pop vs. soda vs. Coke. Yankees fans vs. Red Sox fans. Over at The Atlantic Cities, Samuel Arbesman and a team of colleagues have used data from cell phone records, sports broadcast blackout zones and more to track some of the country’s informal, internal boundaries. The result is a fascinating selection of maps.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for Mapped: America’s Unofficial State Borders

Jean Lana 05.06.12 | 7:12 AM ET

This is good to know, thanks for sharing wonderful insights with us!

Caribbean Travel 05.10.12 | 3:02 PM ET

Thanks for this informative information on America’s state boundary changes.

Chris Chinniah 05.28.12 | 11:09 PM ET

Who knew that behind geographical boundaries, we could have these different boundaries for other stuff as well. This makes it as if without travelling to another country, you are able to find places with almost different cultures in your own state. Sporting culture makes the biggest difference. Perhaps one could save on travel by going to a place that seems different, without even leaving the country.

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