Visualizing the Population of Alabama:

How much space you'd need to store every Alabaman


There are times -- perhaps when you're stuck in Birmingham rush hour traffic on Highway 280, the busiest in Alabama-- where it can feel like the whole state of Alabama is right in the same place as you are. Well, what if they were? What would that look like, if you got all 4.8 million Alabamans in the same place at once? How much space would they take up? How many buildings would they fill?

It's a trickier question than it sounds, and we wanted to answer this ridiculous question with some degree of accuracy. So we needed to figure in size differences between men, women, and children. And then, what do we do about all those 'plus sized' Alabamans? 33.5% if the state is obese, after all.

We love challenging questions like this, so we pulled down demographic data on age, gender, and obesity in Alabma to get a more accurate answer to our ridiculous question. Then, we mapped out how much of Birmingham everyone would take up, and calculated how many Empire Sate Buildings Alabamans would fill. And finally, because we're SpareFoot, we also figured out how many Alabama storage units you'd need to store every Alabaman. Check out our infographic below:


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