The Census Dot Map

Every once in a while, someone comes up with a neat little internet tool that causes the mind to wander into dusty territory. Looking at this map might remind you of the pictures from space showing lights at night on various continents. It might remind you of how crowded some locations are. Or, it may reinforce your thoughts on bug-outs and roaming hordes.

The Census Dot Map  is most useful with “Toggle Labels” on, and of course, zoomed in to the areas that interest you most. From the web site:

“What’s all this?

This is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US, 2011 Canadian, and 2010 Mexican censuses. The map has 454,064,098 dots – one for each person.


I wanted an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies like city boundaries, arterial roads, state lines, &c. Also, it was an interesting challenge.”

It is now on our “Mapping & Map-Based Tools” page.

So how is this useful?

  • It can help you to visualize population density in your area and for your BOL. Knowing where the people are, and how tightly packed they are, allows you to pick routes that keep you away from problem areas.
  • It helps fill in one more information item for your war-gaming.
  • It will help drive your security planning for various scenarios. For instance: What areas will have a hard time with the curfew requirements put in place by local officials, or in general martial law?

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