Rate of Major Depression By US County

Why are several state borders clearly visible?

This data set is from Google and Schema.  It’s by county, not by state, yet quite a few states are clearly outlined in sharp relief.  I would love to understand why.  Why are Connecticut and Maine and Wisconsin clearly visible for high occurrence? What makes West Virginia so different from Virginia? Arizona from New Mexico?  Wisconsin from Illinois? California from most of the rest of the country?

What’s going on here?  You can look at the interactive results for a variety of diseases here.  Depression shows state outlines in sharpest contrast.  Why?

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The data ends in 2003, and maybe that’s part of the issue?

How Diverse are US Newsrooms?

This is an interesting and rather robust data set:


You can view by gender or by race, and then drill down for more specifics.  It captures numbers from newspapers large and small all across the country.

According to these numbers, my local paper, the Allentown Morning Call, has no African Americans or people of Asian descent on staff.  I can’t imagine that’s accurate, but maybe that’s because I want to find it hard to believe.  That’s not a dig at the Call or my friends who do great work there, but I’m going to ask around.

Is your local paper listed?  How does it compare?