EVERY MONTH OR SO, WE TRY AND COMPILE SOME OF THE most interesting, informative maps out on the internet. There’s no shortage of them: there are websites, blogs, and subreddits dedicated entirely to cartography. Because people love maps. They can convey an infinite amount of information in easily digestible, visually interesting comparative ways. Their construction can have social and political implications (Aaron Sorkin famously explained these implications in an episode of his TV seriesThe West Wing).

Some of the maps this month include the states that still celebrate confederate holidays, the most popular books set in each state, the countries with the smallest amounts of Muslims, Christians, and unaffiliateds, and the best countries to live in if you want to survive climate change.

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The largest company by revenue in each state

The largest company by state. Via

2

The price of weed in each state.

According to Forbes. Via

3

Which state is the most underrated

According to Business Insider, these are the states Americans rate "most underrated." Via

4

The most popular book set in each state

Based on the book's Goodreads score. Via

5

The hourly wage required to afford a 2-bedroom rental in each state.

According to the Huffington Post. Via

6

US defensive pacts

The creator notes, "The US is bound by treaty to protect a quarter of humanity." Via

7

Map of cousin marriage by percentage

These are the countries with high percentages of cousin marriage. Via

8

Nations where Christians make up less than 1% of the population.

Via

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Nations where Muslims make up less than one percent of the population

Via

10

Countries where less than one percent of the population is not affiliated with any religion

Atheists, agnostics, and "spiritual but not religious" included. Via

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States that still celebrate confederate holidays.

States that still celebrate Confederate holiday, officially or otherwise. Source

12

The skin color of the heads of state

According to the Fitzpatrick scale, a dermatological scale used for pigmentation research. Via

13

Countries that are at war with ISIS

The key, according to the creator: Red: Countries officially at war with ISIS. Blue: Countries currently performing counter-attacks, air support, and/or ground forces against ISIS. Green: Countries providing military equipment to nations fighting ISIS. Purple: Countries otherwise helping the nations fighting ISIS. Via

14

The world divided into 200 countries of equal population

You can see where the population is the densest. Via

15

Europe by their culinary horror

The grossest foods in each European country. Via

16

The religions of China

The key, if you can't make it out in the corner: Red: Chinese traditional religions: including worship of gods and ancestors, Confucianism and Taoism, Yellow: Buddhism Dark green: Islam, Purple: Ethnic minorities' indigenous religions, Blue: Mongolian shamanism, Light green: Dongbei folk religion and Manchu shamanism. Via

17

The most distinctive deaths by state

The measurement "most distinctive" refers not to the number of deaths, but to the number of deaths as compared to the national average. Via

18

Percentage of people in Europe saying they're "very happy."

The happiest and saddest places in Europe. Via

19

The legal systems of the world

A larger version is available here.

20

Indian land cessions over time

These are only cessions to the United States, not to Spain. A larger version is available here. Via

21

These six countries make up half of the world's population

The countries are the US, Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Via

22

The most common job in each state

There are a whole lot of truck drivers in this country. Via

23

The countries most reliant on non-renewable, non-nuclear energy sources

China and India are particularly troubling, as they are some of the biggest carbon emitters. Via

24

Percentage of last 30 elections that each state has voted for the Presidential winner

Don't be confused: the number in the state refers to the number of electoral votes, the color refers to the percentage. Via

25

gay-happiness-index

Dark green represents most happy, red represents least happy. This is according to a survey of 115,000 gay men around the world. Via

26

Belief of God in the EU

Percentage that believe in god by country. Via

27

The world's straightest roads

The least curvy-road part of the world? The American Midwest. Via

28

The most disproportionately popular cuisine in each state.

Via

29

Obesity in America

For the year 2011. Via

30

The true size of Africa

Larger version here

31

Death rate for drug and alcohol use

By county. Via

32

The best places to ride out climate change

According to the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, these are the countries best prepared for climate change. Via

33

Gender difference in years of education

According to the CIA Factbook. Via

34

Average spending on lottery tickets per state

For the fiscal year of 2014. Via

h/t: The MapPorn subreddit was incredibly useful for finding a lot of these. Check them out for maps, commentary, and critiques for these maps and thousands more.[/mn_slideshow_slide]