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  • “50% of Canadians Live South of The Red Line”

    Posted by Jonathan on March 7th, 2016 (All posts by )

    From the fascinating site Brilliant Maps.

    (Via Lex.)


    14 Responses to ““50% of Canadians Live South of The Red Line””

    1. PenGun Says:

      I’m on Vancouver Island and live just above the 49th parallel. My friend, near Sooke on the Island, lives just south of it.

      We Canadians know we live generally close to the border, but it’s probably less apparent to Americans.

    2. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      I know a woman who lives in Toronto and she calls that the frozen tundra. So I’m not surprised.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      That is as bizarre as Australia. Forget the exact distances but 90% or so live within a short distance – 50 miles? 100 miles? of the coastline.

      Of course if you have been to the outback you’d know why.

    4. Mike K Says:

      I’m planning a trip to Quebec and then upstate New York this summer and was a bit surprised to note how much of the land south of the St Lawrence is Canada and not New York. I always thought of the river as the border but it is not.

      There is a large triangle north of NY state that is Canada.

    5. dearieme Says:

      What %age of Americans live north of that same red line, I wonder.

    6. Jonathan Says:


      The Australia map is here.

    7. Grurray Says:

      I believe it’s said that Perth in Western Australia is the most isolated city in the world

    8. Will Says:

      Looks as though the relatives on PEI sit on the North side of that line. Rumor has it that Trudeau The Lesser and the Internationale have some plans to rectify that stat, though.

    9. DOuglas2 Says:

      Here is a map of Canada showing population density:

    10. JNorth Says:

      dearieme – Just by looking at that map and doing some real rough calculations (don’t feel like looking up population distribution by county) you have the following states above, or partially above that line;

      Alaska – 738,432
      Minnesota (~50%) – 5,489,594 / 2
      North Dakota – 756,927
      Montana – 1,032,949
      Washington – 7,170,351
      Wisconsin (~20%) – 5,771,337 / 5

      For a total of ~13,597,723 out of a US population of ~321,418,820 so roughly 4%.

    11. dearieme Says:

      Thank you, Mr North (if North ye be).

      So 4% of Americans can address 50% of Canadians as “you southerners”.

    12. JNorth Says:

      Since I’m at roughly 65 North even most of Northern Europe is “you southerners”. Though if they are southerners isn’t that “y’all southerners”?

    13. Bill Brandt Says:

      @Jonathan – thanks. When I went to Australia I thought I knew desert but the outback is particularly inhospitable. How the Aborigines manage to survive there is beyond me.

      As far as Canada is concerned that is just as surprising – You’d think there would be more settlement north along the Great Lakes.

      Further west I guess without a navigable river that would keep the city sizes down. Always amazed at how Minneapolis came to be – originally for the grain and shipment down the Mississippi. I am surprised at how many Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters there.

      All because originally the Mississippi River?

      Sure wasn’t the weather.

    14. Grurray Says:

      “You’d think there would be more settlement north along the Great Lakes.”

      Colder and louder blew the wind
      A gale from the Northeast
      The snow fell hissing in the brine
      And the billows frothed like yeast