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A new map shows just how connected we are with our neighbor to the south.

Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann says Milwaukee (and most of Wisconsin, for that matter) should be part of a large state with Chicago at its core. Brockmann used the Where’s George website to create a map based on how our dollars move and then posted it to Fast Company. (The writer describes the dollar bill tracking site as a “primitive FourSquare for $1 bills.”)

The new Chicago-centric state stretches from current Iowa up to Wisconsin and even over to Indiana and Michigan. And we aren’t the only state to get divvied up into new "states": Missouri is split almost equally in half.

That Milwaukee’s economy is connected to Chicago is nothing new, but the idea that our money is way more likely to flow between Milwaukee and Chicago than Milwaukee and Eau Claire (which would be in a new state with Minneapolis) is interesting.

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rimesparse Posted: 5/6/2013 5:22:19 PM
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You might consider including the caption that's included with the map on the Fast Company site: "Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann used the dollar bill tracking site Where’s George to see how money moves, and create new state boundaries based on our economies. The darker the blue lines, the less likely it is a dollar bill will have crossed it." Makes the map a little more obvious/useful.
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