Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins

Using U.S. Census data, a team of geographers from Kansas State University have plotted man's fall from grace in a unique way, creating color-coded maps showing the degree to which the seven deadly sins have taken root in cities and states across the nation.

The Las Vegas Strip claimed the No. 1 ranking for greed. The highest scores for the other deadly sins -- lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy and pride -- tended to congregate in the coastal areas, whereas southeast Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest were covered, map-wise, in a more virtuous blue rather than wicked red.

From WIRED Magazine

"We're gluttons for infographics, and a team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust). Christian clergy, likely noting the Bible Belt's status as Wrath Central, question the "science." Valid point—or maybe it's just the pride talking."

CLICK HERE for the full color maps and slideshow