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03-05-2010, 10:51 PM
Illinois And Wisconsin Do Not Mess Around When It Comes To Drinkin'

By Meg Marco on March 5, 2010 1:39 PM 0 views


Say what you will about the heart of the Midwest, it's certainly not hard to find a bar. Geography blog FloatingSheep took a look a the bar-to-grocery store ratio in different parts of the country and it became immediately apparent that Illinois and Wisconsin (and part of Iowa) team up to form the beer belly of America.

From FloatingSheep:

Starting in Illinois, the beer belly expands up into Wisconsin and first spreads westward through Iowa/Minnesota and then engulfs Nebraska, and the Dakotas before petering out (like a pair of love handles) in Wyoming and Montana.

The clustering was so apparent that we wanted to check how it compared to the "official" data on this activity. So we gathered 2007 Census Country Business Pattern on the number of establishments listed in NACIS code 722410 (Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)) and divided by Census estimates for state population totals for 2009 and found remarkable correspondence with our data.

On average there are 1.52 bars for every 10,000 people in the U.S. but the states that make up the beer belly of America are highly skewed from this average.

”We wonder if this information will help improve tense Illinois/Wisconsin diplomatic relations.

Interesting. I'm not sure what this says about bars or grocery stores.

The Consumerist (http://consumerist.com/2010/03/illinois-and-wisconsin-do-not-mess-around-when-it-comes-to-drinkin.html)

03-05-2010, 10:55 PM
Interesting. I'm not sure what this says about bars or grocery stores.

The Consumerist (http://consumerist.com/2010/03/illinois-and-wisconsin-do-not-mess-around-when-it-comes-to-drinkin.html)

I didn't go to the link, but I don't believe it! Within walking distance of my house is 5 bars not counting food places that sell booze, and how come the Keys ain't all red!!!

ralph wiggum
03-06-2010, 05:58 PM
Ah, three of my favorite states. :D

Seriously, I think it's a law in Chicago that there has to be either a Starbucks, Walgreens or a bar with an Old Style sign on every corner.