Over on Twitter, Dan Immergluck (GSU) asked about what municipal fragmentation in the U.S. at the metropolitan level looked like. I, an expert on local government fragmentation, saw it as my duty to get to the bottom of this. I have the data to do it. It only needs to be reworked slightly.
Full color, stylized maps created for my working paper on local political fragmentation and economic growth. These three maps examine long-run (1960-2000) growth in population, employment, and per capita money income among 314 U.S. metropolitan areas.
The Urban Institute has released a new package for mapping state and county data in R,
urbnmapr. Their posts can be found here and
here. Since I occasionally write about how to make simple maps in R, I am going to quickly go from start to finish on making a county map.