Via this item at Vox the other day that talked about a pretty interesting Game of Thrones map (by someone who is either about to make some big bucks capitalizing on the popularity of the show or who just has a lot of free time on their hands) comes this look at how the center of U.S. population has changed over the last couple hundred years or so.
Some historical perspectives…
- If the map included pre-1790 data, there would be yellow dots closer to Boston, where the population was about 7,000 in 1700 vs. less than 5,000 for New York and Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia peaked when the U.S. capital was there in the last decade of the 18th century.
- Grant’s Civil War campaigns along the Mississippi River were called the “War in the West”.