Between January 20th, 2017 and January 31st, 2021, we learned about protests with over attendees—individuals demonstrating for inclusion, human rights and the environment. Below, maps show statistics broken down by state and interesting trends between states.
The cartograms below display states sized by their population and colored by their protest activity (total number of attendees, attendees per capita or “protest effort per resident,” and total protests). Switching from a geographic to a population-based representation of the country relates protest activity to the number of people living in each state, instead of relating protest activity to the amount of land in each state. Notably, small but densely populated states like Massachusetts take on greater visual importance in population-based cartograms, and large but sparsely populated states like Wyoming are de-emphasized. Here's a great article that further discusses differences between data visualizations using cartograms and maps.