Connecting the Dots of the US 2010 Census

Did you know almost 50 percent of Canadians live south of Portland, Oregon? Or that more Americans live north of the 54.5th parallel than Canadians?

If this type of population-minutuae interests you, check out this cool map created by software engineer Brandon Martin-Anderson, which shows every person counted by the 2010 US and 2011 Canadian censuses.

According to Martin-Anderson, the map has 341,817,095 dots - one for each person counted. If you zoom in closely, you'll even find one dot in the center of a lake, due to the fact the census reported someone lives in a block which includes a lake. "Also, some people live in the middle of lakes," said Martin-Anderson.

The map is completely zoomable, so you could try to find the dot that represents you. But without any state or city boundaries, roads or landmarks, it might be tough to pinpoint your exact location. However, according to Martin-Anderson, it's easy to find Barack Obama. "Not kidding," he said. "Give it a try."

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