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Mapping America’s Cultural Divide

by Joshua New
America's Cultural Divide

The New York Times has created 50 maps of the United States that highlight cultural divides based on where different TV shows are popular. The maps show understandable differences in the popularity of shows such as “Duck Dynasty” between urban and rural areas, but also less obvious cultural divisions, such as how “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is substantially more popular in both rural and urban areas on the eastern half of the country than on the western half. The maps of TV preferences reveal three distinct cultural divisions across the United States: cities and their suburbs; rural areas; and an area known as the Black Belt, which spans from the Mississippi River to the East Cost up to Washington, D.C.

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