EDIT: fixed image (with correct years) farther down
Inspired by the recent thread with a map of Michigan teams by county, I thought it’d be interesting to look a bit farther back to see the growth across the state. I looked at each year since they switched to districts, with teams mapped by zip code (I wasn’t able to easily get data for counties).
Disclaimer: I’m not entirely sure how accurate this data is, although I think it should be fairly close. For teams in cities with multiple zip codes, I’m not sure which one they ended up getting mapped at.
A similar graphic showing events over time would be neat to see too. This past year, I helped support 6 District events, and they were all within about a 1 hour drive from home… (Southfield, Kettering 2, Centerline, Marysville, Troy, Ann Arbor). This is really quite crazy when you think about it from a growth and coverage standpoint. Even crazier, there were still several other events within an hour from home (Kettering 1, Howell, Waterford…).
This really shows how FiM hasn’t just increased school participation in the southeast side of the state, where the majority of Michigan teams used to exist. But how the west side of the state has developed into pretty much its own district. Also the northern part of the LP and the UP itself has grown a ton.
I’m not sure if I can edit the original image, but here’s a fixed version of it. Thanks for pointing that out and sorry about that.
I haven’t figured out how to overlay these two maps, but here’s a gif of events over time:
(sorry, I can’t figure out how to shrink this and still have it move)
Also, I think the zip code for the DCMP location in 2015-16 is off. It says it’s 48544 but that’s somewhere in Svydova according to google. I used 49544 (from DeltaPlex Arena’s address). I’m not sure if this affected other districts, but if you notice something else is wrong let me know and I’ll manually change the zip code.
I’m trying to come up with something focused on CA competitions (specifically norcal since I’m not sure how much time I’ll have), but I may expand it later on. Look out for something (hopefully) soon!
Tableau for the graphs and Excel storing/formatting the data. I found it to be the most intuitive way to deal with any sort of location-type data. I haven’t found a way to tell it which state cities are in though, so I have to link city data to zip codes and map that. Once that’s done though, I really like it because I can give it a list of locations per year and create either multiple columns of maps, or pages that it can loop through (the gifs are screenshots of that).
If you’d like more details or have any other questions let me know–I’m happy to go into more specifics if you’d like.