Here's a screenshot of the pretty setup, and click here for the interactive tool.
A few of the surprises and trends we've already stumbled up on:
- Who Knew Western Minnesota Was So Healthy? That's one of the odder areas to display such a high score, another being Texas's 15th congressional district, which appears to contain the city of El Paso and nothing else. There are also less surprising islands of good health in the suburbs of big metropolitan areas, for example in the Missouri 2nd congresssional district, which is mostly St. Louis suburbs. That one lies in what is otherwise a vast health desert in the south. The Denver suburbs also do well, as well as those around San Antonio, Dallas, New York, Boston, etc.
- Inner Cities Not So Good Often the areas right around the cities do better than the cities themselves.
- Maybe Californians Really Do Eat That Much Arugula The whole area around L.A. and Santa Barbara is a mess of good health, the Bay Area doing pretty well, too, and northeastern California, in the 4th congressional district, similarly.
- Political Implications: Unclear True, many cities lean Democratic, and Michelle Obama may be the new figurehead of the healthy eating movement, but there are plenty of super-healthy districts represented by Republicans, and unhealthy ones represented by Democrats. We haven't done a full count yet, but a quick eyeballing suggests the trends aren't blindly obvious.