Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Infographics: High Tech, Melting Pot Cities, Church vs. Beer

There a couple good infographics recently over at Atlantic Cities I wanted to highlight. The first is a map of America’s leading high tech metros. There’s a table and commentary in Richard Florida’s accompanying analysis article you should check out.

The strength of Detroit in the Midwest really stood out to me.

Melting Pot Cities

They had another great article on America’s melting pot cities that included this map of naturalized citizens per capita in metro areas:

The east and west coast are clearly dominant here.

Church vs. Beer

And the always entertaining site Floating Sheep posted this map of church vs. beer mentions on Twitter:

What I found most interesting here was the predominance of metropolitan counties in church mentions in a lot of the country vs. their rural hinterland.

Topics: Demographic Analysis, Technology


5 Responses to “Infographics: High Tech, Melting Pot Cities, Church vs. Beer”

  1. Thad says:

    I don’t see what would be surprising in the last one. They only looked up geotagged tweets that mentioned the words “church” and “beer” irregardless of context. “Church” is also a much broader term than just a place of worship. So many places have a Church Street, Church’s Chicken, Falls Church in Virginia, and so on. So a tweet like “Fun at Church and 16th” or something would get included.

  2. Thad says:

    Ugh, I meant regardless*

  3. Matthew Hall says:

    These aren’t mutually exclusive. Every church festival I’ve ever been to in Cincinnati was as boozy as anywhere I’ve been in my life.

  4. Chris Barnett says:

    Tech in Detroit is not surprising to me, Aaron. It’s just not flashy consumer apps…other than things like satellite radio, Onstar and vehicle control interfaces.

    In my younger days, I spent a lot of time in auto-parts factories. Cars and car companies are big users and developers of “technology”. The big carmakers have massive tech centers, and so do their tier one suppliers. Many are in metro Detroit.

    There are a lot of electro-mechanical controls on cars that have to function at extreme under-hood temperatures, typically -40 to +250 degrees F, in wet and dry conditions. That’s some tricky materials and packaging engineering and development.

    Then there’s all the automation involved in manufacturing cars. That is also pretty sophisticated stuff.

  5. Paul says:

    Chris’s last line on automation is well taken regarding Detroit, and particularly the Detroit-Ann Arbor corridor. It is a major cluster for manufacturing related robotics.

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