By David Mendoza
The great Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight wrote two excellent articles about the ambiguity of which states constitute the Midwest and the South. On Wednesday, Hickey released the data from his posts on GitHub and asked readers to remix his work. Specifically, Hickey wanted people to use the zip code data from his SurveyMonkey Audience poll results to answer these questions:
Where are the Southern and Midwestern expatriates? Do local definitions of regions explain the Midwestern inability to agree on the core states? And how split are residents of difficult-to-categorize states, such as Missouri and Virginia, on their own identity?
I decided to use Google Fusion Tables to map this zip code data and see if I could answer some of these questions.