Ohio’s Midewesternness

February 2024

The journal Middle West Review asked me to make a series of maps depicting some polling data that they had gathered. Respondents in several states were asked whether they felt like they lived in the Midwest, or another region of the US. After I’d finished the main maps, they asked for a more abstract, artistic map to use on the cover of the journal, so I applied some watercolor-y paintbrush-y effects to one of the maps. This shows the areas of Ohio where respondents were most likely to consider themselves as living in Appalachia (though they’re still about tied with those in the area who felt they were Midwestern).

The client asked for these particular cities to be labeled, which I gather has something to do with specific places touched on within the journal.