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Connected States of America Shows Who Talks with Whom

MIT's community lines, based on call data

MIT’s Senseable City Lab has undertaken an interesting project determining which of the nation’s geographic regions talk with each other most frequently. Dubbed the Connected States of America mapping project, MIT researchers analyzed cell phone data to identify call patterns and connections among the 50 states. It then drew a new set of state lines based on its findings.

According to MIT’s data, New York and New Jersey would become one state. As would most of New England. Mississippi and Alabama would also join forces, while Wisconsin would be split between Minnesota and Illinois.

MIT also analyzed the cell phone data from major cities, which you can explore here. You can also view a demo of MIT’s research below.


MIT analyzed cell phone data to redraw the state lines based on who talks to each other the most. Little hint: Wisconsin would be split into two.

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