OK, I’ll start this off with the disclaimer:..
This is a precision party trick — rigorous mapping of ridiculous data.
…but it’s interesting, nonetheless. A couple of geographers from Kansas State University wrangled up a host of national statistical databases, massaged the numbers and used them to quantify lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride on a county-by-county basis across the U.S.
Sure, the sins tend to be value judgments — i.e., “Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line” — though it’s not meant to be a serious scientific study.
Although I would like to know why the folks in Pine and Kanabec Counties are so envious.