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Holiday Fun Facts from the US Census Bureau

December 21, 2018
Data Visualization
By: Jason Holte

‘Tis the season for location intelligence!

As the background music at every store you visit has been reminding you since the beginning of November, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! When you think of the holiday season, maps may not be among the first few things that spring to mind, but we’re always on the lookout for ways that maps can help bring a little context to the world around us. So, when we saw these holiday fun facts from the United States Census Bureau, we knew we had to see what additional insights we could uncover with the help of our map-based real estate application, LandVision. Take a look at what we found!

From The Census Bureau

We hope you’re finished with your holiday shopping for the year, but if you’re anything like us then you’ve still got a few last-minute gifts to acquire. If you’ve got a trip to the mall planned for this weekend, then you might be able to find the perfect present at one of the 8,000 department stores or 22,000 jewelry stores in the United States. On the hunt for a tasty treat? You’re in luck! There are approximately 4,000 baked goods stores and 3,000 candy and nut stores in the US, too.

You might be surprised to learn just how many cities in the United States have holiday-themed names. We can’t say for sure if Santa Claus is one of the 2,101 people who live in North Pole, Alaska, but thanks to the Census Bureau we do know that Santa Claus, Indiana is a real city! Arizona seems like a state that might be a little too warm to house a town called Snowflake (population: 5,753), but we imagine that all is merry and bright for the residents of Noel, Missouri. And if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of a reindeer or two this holiday season, then might we suggest a last-minute trip to either Dasher, Georgia or Rudolph, Wisconsin?

Using Location Intelligence To Find Holiday Insights

North Pole, NY in LandVision

After reading the Census Bureau’s holiday fun facts, we immediately jumped into LandVision to see if we could find the North Pole. Our search returned five results in the US, but according to our point-of-interest data, only North Pole, NY can say that it is the home of Santa’s Workshop. Owned by North Pole Associates, LLC, Santa’s Workshop sits on just under 13 acres of land zoned for mixed use. Since it’s classified as an amusement park, it’s a good thing that the parcel’s land use category is recreational. And if Santa needs a little extra help delivering presents this year, the nearest post office is only 1.7 miles away as the crow (or reindeer) flies!

Happy Holidays From Digital Map Products

On behalf of all of us at Digital Map Products, we would like to wish you happy holidays! We hope that the remainder of 2018 brings you joy and that the new year is full of opportunity. If you didn’t happen to include location intelligence on your holiday wish list, then we would love to connect with you to chat about how the DMP platform can help you make more confident, data-driven decisions in your work. Contact us to learn more!

 

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