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Top 10 U.S. States Taller than Wide

Name the states with the most "vertical" shape.
Ratio = ratio of average height to average width
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First submittedSeptember 10, 2019
Last updatedSeptember 12, 2019
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Ratio
State
2.43
Delaware
2.09
Rhode Island
2.06
New Hampshire
1.89
Vermont
1.78
Illinois
Ratio
State
1.77
Indiana
1.75
Mississippi
1.65
New Jersey
1.53
Alabama
1.48
Maine
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level ∞
Sep 11, 2019
Here's how I computed the average height of a state. I represented each state as a grid of 900 points. Then, for each point, I calculated how far you could travel in a straight north-south line without leaving the state. The average height is the average of these distances.
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level 70
Sep 11, 2019
The methodology should be in the quiz instructions, not the comments.
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level 70
Sep 11, 2019
oh pfffttt. how is the methodology going to aid your ability to fill out the quiz? It's fine in the comments.
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level 70
Sep 12, 2019
Because you'll see a ton of comments saying California is obviously much taller than its average width.
Stuff like that.
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
If you look at a map, you can see that California is bent into an elbow shape. This is why Reno, Nevada is actually further west than Los Angeles. The methodology used doesn't change anything in this regard.
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level 76
Sep 13, 2019
I can think of other methodologies that would get California, Florida, and Vermont on this list for sure. Maybe Idaho, too.
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level 77
Sep 11, 2019
Fun idea for a quiz!!
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level 60
Sep 11, 2019
Still wondering where Cali falls into this...
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level 76
Sep 11, 2019
And Idaho.
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
California #17, Idaho #15.
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level 59
Sep 11, 2019
Florida??
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
#11
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level 71
Sep 12, 2019
Man, the Mercator projection really messes with reality.
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level 57
Sep 12, 2019
It doesn't have anything to do with the Mercator projection. This is actually one of the few cases where the Mercator projection hardly changes the figures at all.
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level 60
Sep 12, 2019
I'm guessing the methodology used is why these results.
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level 63
Sep 13, 2019
Ya think?