I created a web map for my Hacking the Humanities course.

This map plotted out the geographical locations of various early established colleges, including Carleton College. The colors of dots represent the types of sponsorships for each college when they were established. The orange colors represent the population density of each county in 2012. The darker degrees of orange suggest denser population. I was curious whether the locations of colleges are correlated the population densities of their locations. Colleges might have the incentive to locate themselves at populous places in the hope to attract more prospective students and to publicize themselves. I found that most colleges are located in or close to relatively densely populated places. However, colleges may have other reasons to locate in these areas other than admission incentives. I need to look for more historical data about construction and economic development for the reasons why early established colleges are more likely to be located in populated areas.


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