Saturday, February 20, 2016

Good Evening Everyone! 
                                          Adding another post tonight that will be sharing a map I made earlier this semester. This map was focused on presenting the top 10 cities by population within Southeast Massachusetts. For those of you who are not as familiar with the geography of the the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, let me explain a bit more of our unique state. Massachusetts is basically a rectangular shaped state that stretches from the Berkshire mountains in the west, east through the hills of central Massachusetts to the coastline of Massachusetts Bay. Cape Cod juts out into the Atlantic from the southeastern edge, while Cape Ann, which is less prominent, stretches northeasterly into Mass Bay. In the southeastern portion of the state, small towns along the coast transition to small towns with wooded areas and farming parcels inland. But, several cities exist in this region including Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton that once were booming industrial centers. Today, these cities' economies have changed although most have remnants of the past continuing, especially New Bedford as it is still an active port city, but the populations remain high in these urban built up areas. For this map, those four cities were examined, as well six smaller, but highly populated towns based on their 2000 U.S. Census data. For the map, we used the demographic data in an Excel table to focus on the population make-up, as well housing statistics to better understand the size of these cities. The final product attempted to focus in on the southeast region and these 10 cities, by presenting the map along with a few graphs and tables so you may read the data easier. Hope this map was helpful in understanding more about Massachusetts! 

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