Thirty-Three Maps That Explain The United States Better Than Any Textbook

Published March 2, 2015
Updated June 24, 2021

From the prevalence of meth labs to the real size of Alaska, we look at fascinating maps that uncover the United States of America.

Years ago, famed historian E.H. Carr made an apt point that one cannot separate the historian from history and that what we see in history books is not necessarily pure fact–it has been made and presented as such due to the judgments of a very fallible and selective person.

All of this is to say that when it comes to getting to the reasons why the United States looks the way it does today, “truth”–if we can find it–is quite hard to come by.

For every historian who disputes the reasons why a certain war broke out or how a particular president’s decision changed the fate of America, there’s a map that lays hard data bare and allows for the viewer’s own interpretation.

Maps aren’t as immediately exciting as a good story, which is why we tend to overlook them when trying to understand our present. We’d like to change that. Without further ado, here are thirty-three fascinating maps that explain the United States:

The Highest Paid Public Employees In The United States
The Growth Of Walmart
Gay Marriage 2015
Meth Labs By County
Thirty-Three Maps That Explain The United States Better Than Any Textbook
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Alexander is a Brooklyn-based cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.