Map of the Day: U.S. Centers of Economic Activity

…from the ESRI Map Book, Volume 24


“This map shows the distribution of economic activity across the continental United States using gross domestic product (GDP) produced per day as a measure. The scale of the economic activity is represented by the height and color from a 3D surface model. GDP is measured by using the employee data from Dun & Bradstreet and combining it with GDP by industry data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

“Los Alamos National Laboratory uses this map to respond quickly to requests from federal and state agencies for economic impact analyses related to hazardous events. This map provides a unique perspective on economic activity that moves beyond tabular representations of economic data. This representation is intended to generate discussion and change perceptions about where economic activity is generated and the possible factors that explain geographic differences in economic activity.

“Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory.”