Graph Of The Day: How Much The Biggest Cities Contribute To America’s GDP

Where The Money Is

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Economic contribution as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) across major U.S. cities is about as lopsided as the country’s distribution of wealth overall. According to 2014 statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the top 20 metropolitan areas represented more than 52 percent of the total country’s GDP.

GDP is a broad quantitative measure of a nation’s total economic activity. The number represents the total monetary value of all the new goods and services produced in an area, but it does have its faults: Since GDP only measures money flowing through the economy, money saving measures or secondhand, off-the-books purchases aren’t recorded. The number also doesn’t reflect equity among people within the measured area, only the total amount of money.

Despite those flaws, GDP is one of the most useful tools a country has to gauge how healthy its economy is. Going by the above map, showing that the majority of America’s economic activity skews towards just a handful of large cities (whose own wealth distribution is equally lopsided amongst their residents), maybe “healthy” isn’t the right word.

25 Ancient Maps That Make Modern Ones Look Very Boring

Ancient Maps Heart Earth

Maps weren’t always sourced from the likes of Google or Apple. In fact, maps weren’t even always printed on paper. Whether etched into brass, carved into tomb ceilings, or drawn onto deerskins, ancient maps show us not merely how different our ancestors’ technology and knowledge were, but how differently they saw the world.

Sure, the ancients knew little or nothing of the New World and thought there was a massive southern continent there to balance out the lands of the north. And sure, even if the ancients were aware of the whole globe, they didn’t have the tools to accurately survey it. But the differences between modern maps and ancient maps are far deeper than that.

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A Staggering Spatial Comparison Of Alaska And Pluto

Alaska Versus Pluto

Yes, Alaska is that big–or perhaps Pluto is just that small. While Pluto (6,427,806 sq mi) is approximately 10 times larger than Alaska, the tiny planet actually has less surface area than Russia (6,592,800 sq mi), Alaska’s not-too-distant neighbor.

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Learn more about the solar system with these space facts that prove life on Earth is boring!

How The United States Achieved Full Marriage Equality

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While many have hailed the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that struck down state bans on same sex marriage as a highly consequential–and progressive–moment in our national history, the reality is that it came about after a series of conservative moves on behalf of the court.

As seen in the map above, SCOTUS–in a decidedly restrained fashion–chose to toss back the question of gay marriage to individual states until that approach was no longer viable. After all, one cannot lose rights or recognition just because they move to a different state.

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