+Loch Cache Posted July 8, 2008 Share Posted July 8, 2008 A recent thread on density, based on zip code, got me thinking. I ran the number of caches in each state, found the land area and population and did some quick calculations. Please note that I ran the numbers on July 7, 2008 and they are constantly changing. So how dense are we? That depends on what state you live in. I ran the numbers for each state and no big surprise, California has the most caches at 53,157. The state with the least is North Dakota with just 609. (358,251 total in US) Top 5 states in order: 1 - California 2 - Texas 3 - Florida 4 - Washington 5 - Oregon Bottom 5 states 46 - Vermont 47 - Deleware 48 - Rhode Island 49 - Hawaii 50 - North Dakota But what about density? How to determine density? I took the US Census numbers for the land area of each state and divided that by the number of active caches in the state to determine the number of caches per 1000 square miles. (Land area excludes water areas over 1 acre.) The US average was 101.3 caches per 1000 sq. miles. No big surprise Alaska can in last at only 4.4. The state with the highest density is Rhode Island with 838.3. Top 5 states in order: 1 - Rhode Island at 838.3 2 - Connecticut at 714.4 3 - New Jersey at 631.2 4 - Massachusetts at 611.7 5 - Deleaware at 494.0 Bottom 5 states: 46 - Wyoming at 25.5 47 - South Dakota at 23.8 48 - Montana at 16.7 49 - North Dakota at 8.8 50 - Alaska at 4.4 For reference California has 340.8 caches per 1000 sq. miles. Another stat is the number of caches per person. Again using US Census numbers I came up with the number of caches per 1000 people. The US average was 1.275 aches per 1000 people. For me the big surprises were that New Jersey came in last at 0.55 and Wyoming came in second with 5.02. Top 5 states in order: 1 - Utah at 5.365 2 - Wyoming at 5.02 3 - Idaho at 4.84 4 - Alaska at 4.04 5 - Oregon at 3.61 Bottom 5 states: 46 - Maryland at 0.67 47 - Georgia at 0.67 48 - Louisiana at 0.65 49 - New York at 0.60 50 - New Jersey at 0.556 For reference California has 1.57 caches per 1000 people. What does all this mean? Not much. After all… IT IS NOT ABOUT THE NUMBERS! Loch Cache from Massachusetts Quote Link to comment
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