Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Boys, State-by-State

As a companion to "Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls," the map above shows the most popular names for boys, by state, from 1960 to 2012. Once again, names that are the most popular nationwide for that year are colored, and all data come from the Social Security Administration. One note: For space reasons… » 10/24/13 1:50pm 10/24/13 1:50pm

Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State

There will always be people out there picking weird names for their kids, but when you look at the choices that make their way to the top you'll see that Americans tend to play it safe. The maps above, based on data from the Social Security Administration, show the most popular baby names for girls by state, for… » 10/18/13 8:30am 10/18/13 8:30am

Mississippi Wins the CDC's 'Most Obese' Award

The CDC released its fat map yesterday and, unfortunately, pretty much everyone in the U.S. is now morbidly obese, as opposed to 1985, when the country was at a leaner, Cold-War fighting weight. "Obesity prevalence" has soared over the last quarter-century, but nowhere have Americans gotten fatter than in Mississippi,… » 8/14/12 9:30am 8/14/12 9:30am

The Kardashians Just Can't Keep Up With Where Los Angeles Is Located

The Kardashians are not known for their book smarts, but you'd think that the producers of their show would at least know a thing or two about basic geography. Apparently not, because as someone on Reddit pointed out, the show woefully misrepresented where Los Angeles is on the map. I did a bit of quick research in my… » 5/29/12 11:10am 5/29/12 11:10am

Is Your Last Name Popular Enough to Be on the Map?

Ever wondered just how common your last name is? Well, the folks at National Geographic are offering up this super fascinating map that allows you to zoom in on different areas of the country and see what the most common surnames are and what their probably provenance is. It's fascinating to see not only the effects… » 3/25/12 10:30pm 3/25/12 10:30pm