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Judgmental Map of the Day: 7 Deadly Sins Across America

Which parts of America are most doomed for a fiery afterlife? Back in 2009, geographers from Kansas State University mapped it out, using clever proxies for greed, sloth, gluttony, lust, jealousy, et al. Below, a look how their maps turned out:

Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line.


Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases reported per capita.

Sloth, we should note, was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment, and recreation with the rate of employment.

Hat tip.

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Keywords: Sin, Geography

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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