It’s on. The beer vs. wine map battle is upon us.
Here’s a map showing where, per person, spending is higher for beer or for wine. It’s a real boozy map-off.
Beer looks like it’s dominating our palates but that’s a common evil trick of county-level mapping like this. Big, sparse, counties dominate the view. So in the sake of cartographic goodness, here are some numbers to help balance your interpretation…
3,012 counties, with a combined population of 273,074,386, buy more beer.
130 counties, with a combined population of 50,500,013, buy more wine.
Interact with the map at https://nation.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=0706b147ad524c7e86a5894e449338fc