Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Graphing the Seven Deadly Sins

Some researchers at Kansas State University created geographic displays of the Seven Deadly Sins. See the article in the Las Vegas Sun.

While termed a parlor trick, I think these are pretty brilliant.

Wrath: Compares the total number of violent crimes — murder, assault and rape — reported to the FBI per capita.
Wrath hotspots (red) and cools spots (blue):
All of Northern Virginia is "average" but the entire state of Delaware is a hotspot. Interesting!

Sloth: Compares expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment. Now, I don't agree on art expenditures as sloth, but entertainment and recreation could certainly classify.
Sloth hotspots:
All of Northern Virginia is warm or hot for sloth. Work hard, play hard? Or do we have some bad unemployment?

Pride: Aggregate of the other sins.
Pride hotspots:
Fairfax County is dark red, Stafford County is the next level down of red, and Prince William County is pink. The other Northern Virginia counties are yellow (average).

Lust: Records the number of sexually transmitted diseases — HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea — reported per capita.
Lust hotspots:
Most of Northern Virginia is yellow (average) while Stafford County is pink.

Greed: Compares average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line. I think this is especially interesting.
Greed hotspots:
Yeah, all of Northern Virginia is dark red. The haves and the have-nots.

Gluttony: Counts the number of fast food restaurants per capita. Why fast-food only? Why not all restaurants? Heck, add in the number of grocery stores too, while you're at it.

Gluttony hotspots:
Stafford County is pink; the rest of Northern Virginia is yellow.

Envy: the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars.

Envy hotspots:
All of Northern Virginia is yellow.

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