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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

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If you’ve ever wondered which of the sixty-three National Parks that are scattered throughout the United States is closest to you, then wonder no more! We came across this map that breaks the country down into 63 regions, to show which National Park is the closest for every area in the United States. While we originally found this map visual shared in the r/dataisbeautiful subreddit, it was originally created by esri using the Thiessen (Voronoi) polygon tool.

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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

If you’re also picking up vintage vibes from this map, that’s because it was designed to be reminiscent of vintage National Park posters. An excellent design choice in our opinion! How did they determine which National Park was the closest to every area in the U.S.? The distance in each boundary is displayed “as the crow flies” so any spot within each National Park’s boundary is closer to that park than to any other. Although these boundaries do not take into account the shortest drive time or the most convenient National Park to each location. Looking at the map you can see that there are a lot more National Park options on the western part of the country than on the eastern. This is due to the west having a lot more open land available when the National Park Service began in 1916, while the eastern side of the country had a lot more of its land already developed at that time. Which of the sixty-three National Parks is the closest to you!?

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Counties With the Highest Frequencies of Chronic Diseases

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A chronic disease is a condition that can last for a year or more and calls for ongoing medical attention. Examples of chronic diseases and illnesses include obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, chronic kidney disease and heart disease.

This impressive visual from My Health Champion shows the counties across the United States where chronic diseases are the most prevalent. The visual gives a county-by-country breakdown with the disease prevalence percentages for each of the chronic diseases and illnesses that are included in the research.

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Counties With the Highest Frequencies of Chronic Diseases

Based on Health Champion’s analysis of federal health data, it was determined that these were the ten counties with the highest rate of one or more chronic diseases:

  1. Harlan County, KY: 66.2%
  2. Humphreys County, MS: 65.0%
  3. East Carroll Parish, LA: 64.8%
  4. Tensas Parish, LA: 64.8%
  5. Logan County, WV: 64.6%
  6. Jefferson County, MS: 64.3%
  7. Letcher County, KY: 64.2%
  8. McCreary County, KY: 64.1%
  9. McDowell County, WV: 63.7%
  10. Shakey County, MS: 63.3%

Across America, the most common chronic condition is obesity, which affects 39% – 49% of the country’s population. Based on the data analyzed by Health Champion, it was found that the following counties had the highest prevalence of obesity. Of the counties with the highest prevalence of obesity, the top seven counties are in either Mississippi or Louisiana.

  1. Jefferson County, MS: 49.9%
  2. Humphreys County, MS: 49.2%
  3. East Carroll Parish, LA: 49.2%
  4. Holmes County, MS: 48.9%
  5. Wilkinson County, MS: 48.6%
  6. Issaquena County, MS: 47.4%
  7. Tensas Parish, LA: 46.9%
  8. Corson County, SD: 46.8%
  9. Lawrence County, KY: 46.3%
  10. Harlan County, KY: 46.2%

Did the county you reside in land anywhere on these rankings?

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What Is The Preferred Online News Sites For Each State To Get Their News From?

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Fake news has become a hot-button issue in recent years, with many questioning where they and others are getting their news from. So, where is everyone getting their news from? One company, Semrush, sought the answer to this question by finding which news websites each U.S. state was searching for the most.

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What Is The Preferred Online News Sites For Each State To Get Their News From?

Utilizing the Google Trends tool, they found the popularity scores of each of the 15 most popular news websites (based on unique monthly viewers) for all fifty states. These popularity scores rank the states on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 going to the state where the website’s name made up the highest proportion of total searches. Some states were found to score a 100 for multiple news sites, while other states didn’t score a 100 for any of them. To determine the most searched news site in each state, Semrush selected the one that earned the highest popularity score for that state. The states in the map were filled-in with the logo for their most searched news site, making it easy to see popularity trends for the news websites across the United States. The deep south and parts of the “The Great American West” prove loyal to Fox News; while much of the southwest prefers to get their information from Yahoo! News. CNN is the top choice for those in the northern East Coast states, with ABC News a close second. This is just brushing the surface of what this visual has to offer, check it out for yourself to see which states were found to have the most interest in searching for news sites, as well as the top 5 metro areas where each of the 15 news sites is searched for the most.

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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

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France is known for its food, culture, and architecture. It is home to some of the oldest structures in the world. The Cairn of Barnenez is a Neolithic monument in northern Finistère, France. It dates back to 4800 BC. You can see the history of France through its many different architectural styles. When we think of old traditional French architecture, buildings like the Palace of Versailles and the Notre-Dame come to mind but, did you know the Louxor obelisk (even though it was a gift from Egypt) was built in 13 BC? The Les arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheater that use to show gladiator fights, is dated in the 1st century. The Abbaye saint Germain des prés is 6th century. Many of the most famous buildings in France are located in the capital of Paris. You know of the Eiffel tower and the Louve, but there is also beautiful architecture all over the city neighborhoods. If you walk down any Paris street you see buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This beautiful map of Paris shows the ages of livable dwellings throughout the city.

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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

The color-coded geo map shows how old the buildings in Paris are, ranging from 2 years all the way up to 821 years old. You can see the oldest buildings are located in the center of the map and buildings outside of that tend to be newer. Imagine living in a building that is over 800 years old? The sights, the sounds, the ghost stories that must be a part habitation in such a historic location. The oldest buildings in the United States are only over 300 years old, a far cry from many of the buildings on this map.

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