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Jim

A map very similar to this and many others besides are published in the Census Atlas of the United States, worth a look for some beautiful examples of design:
http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/censusatlas/

John S.

I agree that the Census Bureau produces some beautiful graphics. On the other hand, what do you make of the following:

http://www.census.gov/popest/gallery/maps/CBSA_perchg_2000_2006.html

It shows something about population change, but it's difficult to interpret. I guess darker colored regions have higher population growth than lighter colored regions, but the use of different colors for metropolitan and micropolitan areas makes for a confusing mess.

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