Your tax dollars are at work in this collection of awesome data visualizations from the U.S. Census Bureau.
I chose this one because it illustrates the growing trend of Americans moving more and more to the edges of the country. According to research from NOAA:
… 39 percent of the U.S. population is concentrated in counties directly on the shoreline–less than 10 percent of the total U.S. land area excluding Alaska, and that 52 percent of the total population lives in counties that drain to coastal watersheds, less than 20 percent of U.S. land area, excluding Alaska. A coastal watershed is an area in which water, sediments, and dissolved material drain to a common coastal outlet, like a bay or the ocean)
This continued migration means more opportunity – and competition – for landscape contractors in already established markets like California, Florida and the Northeast. It also means more strain on already stressed water systems.
Click through to get more context on shifts in population density, geography and all sorts of other cool information.