Image via Vox
The poeple at Zillow came up with a clever idea for an interesting and insightful map – and we love a good map here at the Sun Times.
The latest map rescales every state in proportion to the total value of all its housing stock:
What America looks like if you scale each state to the value of its housing: http://t.co/aF31Kg8Pl4 pic.twitter.com/vaxtmyQ9ya
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 17, 2015
Not unlike a population density map, small crowded states increase in size where as large empty states decrease in size. However there are some interesting and notable differences.
Look at Texas, for example. Lots of people live in Texas. More people than live in New York, in fact. And the houses in Texas are, on averagem bigger than the houses in New York.But even though there’s more total housing stock in Texas, it’s less valuable than the housing stock in New York due to the very high land prices in Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and Queens, and important swaths of Long Island and the suburbs north of the city.
Florida and California are huge in this chart because of the high value of its beachfront properties.
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