A few days ago I had a post with maps showing states and countries I have been in. Here’s another map: counties I’ve been in.
I’ve lived in Billings, MT; Salt Lake City, UT; Bozeman, MT; Pullman, WA; St. Louis, MO; Bucharest, Romania; and now Lakewood, CO. The greater amount of red in the Western US is due to two factors. I have traveled more extensively in the West, whether on family vacations as a child, or on geological field trips as a college student and adult. Second, the counties tend to be larger, leading to a blockier appearance to the region, at least in places like Southern California, Nevada, and Utah. Taking one trip through San Bernadino County in Southern California made a rather disproportionate area red on this map.
I tend to like variety in my routes, and this explains the multiple routes leading from St. Louis to Florida to visit relatives, or the high density of visited counties in Missouri and Iowa. While we were working on developing our financial support base for our work with ReachGlobal/Bucharest Christian Academy in Romania, we took dozens of trips from St. Louis to Central Iowa, where we ended up having five supporting churches. I tried to see some new places on each trip.
I’ve been in 891 out of 3109 counties (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Only 2218 to go!
This map was created with ArcGIS software from ESRI.
Grace and Peace
P.S. My first thought was that there were no airport-only counties on this map, but that is not true. I’ve been at both JFK and LaGuardia airports in Queens County, New York. On this type of map, Queens is an insignificant speck, dwarfed by the more significant Carter County, Montana (population: 1360, county seat: Ekalaka). I also have a port-only county: Norfolk, Virginia. I didn’t even get off the boat, but I’ve been there.