State Middles

Today I noticed something interesting. If you use Google Maps to find directions, and you only give it a state instead of an actual address, it gives you directions to somewhere near the center of that state. So what would it look like if you drove there? What would you see, standing in the middle of each state?

Typical Landscapes

North Carolina, the most typical state

Florida, the least typical state

Trees, most likely. The most common type of landscape seems to be forest interspersed with grassy areas (48% of states). Buildings and man-made structures are next (20%), followed by farm fields (16%). The least common landscapes are deserts and dry grasslands (14%).

If these pictures are typical of the whole country, the US is actually a rather sparsely-inhabited place. 20% of states show nothing manmade at all, apart from the road itself.

Corn in Iowa

And apparently we grow a lot of corn. Cornfields showed up in five states (Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Nebraska), which is more than any other crop, since no other crop was actually visible in any of the pictures. As far as I can tell, anyhow.

Interesting Views

Here are a few of the more interesting pictures:

Spanish moss in Alabama

Jungle-looking plants in Hawaii

Infrastructure in Idaho

An antiques barn in Maine

Wooded mountains in Montana

Some desert installation in Nevada

Lonely plains in Wyoming