The One Minute Geographer: The Heavy Hand of Geography on the American Federal System

States of various shadings each house about one-third of the US population. Map by the author.

The United States Population in Thirds

We’ll start with a quick look at the simple map above that divides the population of the USA into thirds. Each of the three shades on the map have about one-third of the US population of about 331.5 million people by the 2020 Census. Only four states, dark blue, make up one-third…



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Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.