Where are your “cultural city limits”?

October 18, 2005

Via Wired News comes this story about a website that is seeking information about your "city of influence".  From CommonCensus.org:

The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on your voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries. It shows how the country is divided into ‘spheres of influence’ between different cities at the national, regional, and local levels.

The question is, how far does your city really extend?  If you live in Thousand Oaks, California, do you consider yourself part of Los Angeles?  What constitutes your metro area in your consciousness? 

So far, the site has collected just over 13,000 responses to their cities poll.  The most current map was drawn at 8,000 responses.  National_640 More maps will be drawn up as more responses come in.

The site is also collecting information on sports teams.  What geographic area supports which teams?  Does anybody really like the Yankees? (Okay, maybe not that last question…)

Even if not enough people enter poll data to get an accurate map, I think this is pretty interesting.


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