Redrawing the Map of the U.S. Based on How People Actually Live

Mon Jul 31, 2017
Garrett Nelson, a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth, specializes in historical geography, meaning, he says, that he’s interested in “how people transform the places they live in, and then, in turn, how those places shape and transform human societies and communities.” Recently, Nelson and a research partner redrew the map of the United States using commuter data and found some surprising connections that cut across traditional political boundaries. Drawing these “megaregions” is part of Nelson’s larger project to analyze the complicated network of relationships that unite and divide society.Read more about Nelson: and edited by Chris Johnson.Aerial Shot of Small Neighbourhood by Tommy is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license ( Source: Artist: Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist: