Seven Deadly Sins Map

Posted by : Rev. Ouabache | Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Published in

I guess geographers are occasionally good for something:
Geographers from Kansas State University have used certain statistical measurements to quantify Nevada’s sins and come up with a county-by-county map purporting to show various degrees of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride in the Silver State. By culling statistics from nationwide data banks of things like sexually transmitted disease infection rates (lust) or killings per capita (wrath), the researchers came up with a sin index. This is a precision party trick — rigorous mapping of ridiculous data.

Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes — murder, assault and rape — reported to the FBI per capita. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases — HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea — reported per capita. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita.Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment.And pride, lastly, is most important. The root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data.
The link also has a good slide show with all of the sins mapped out over the entire country. Unfortunately you can't zoom in to get a good look at all of the counties. From the looks of it though, South Carolina must be the evilest state in the country. They got high marks in Lust, Pride, and Wrath.

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