Post-election memes, maps, and gifs have been splashed across the internet in recent days. A map comparison that has been widely shared erroneously shows a correlation between high crime rate and areas which voted democratic. Research of the actual origin of these maps disproves this theory. Instead, the crime rate has a stronger correspondence with areas that have high populations.
- The map on the bottom of this graphic also doesn’t chart the “crime rate.” This map was created with U.S. Census data from 2009 and shows the “murder rate in major cities.”
- As both maps deal with large population centers in the United States, it isn’t surprising that they highlight the same geographic areas.
- However, neither of these maps represents voting patterns or the results of the 2016 presidential election.
“A few misleading maps were circulated after the 2016 presidential election insinuating that areas with a high population of democratic voters also had higher rates of crime.”