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2010 Population Distribution in the United States and Puerto Rico

The 2010 Population Distribution in the United States and Puerto Rico map (also referred to as the "Nighttime Map"), portrays the distribution of population in the United States and Puerto Rico based on the results of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. Two versions of this dot distribution map are available, a large format map and a small format map. On the large format or wall map version (which measures approximately 28 x 24 inches), each white dot represents 1,000 people. On the small format or page size version (which measures 11 x 8.5 inches), each white dot represents 7,500 people.


This is a thumbnail image of the 2010 Population Distribution in the United States and Puerto Rico map

Wall Map

  • Download Wall Map PDF [18.0 MB]
  • Map Dimensions: 27.8" x 23.2"
  • One dot = 1,000 people
  • Map Scale:
    • Contiguous United States  1:7,500,000
    • Alaska  1:18,000,000
    • Hawaii  1:7,500,000
    • Puerto Rico  1:4,500,000

Page Size Map

  • Download Page Size Map PDF [2.5 MB]
  • Map Dimensions: 11" x 8.5"
  • One dot = 7,500 people
  • Map Scale:
    • Contiguous United States 1:20,500,000
    • Alaska  1:52,000,000
    • Hawaii  1:20,500,000
    • Puerto Rico  1:10,250,000

Downloading Instructions

The file sizes of the PDFs are very large.  To view either, it is recommended that you right-click on the PDF link and save the map to your computer before viewing it with Adobe® Reader® Link to a non-federal Web site.

How To Order

A hard copy of this map is available for purchase. It measures 44.5 x 33 inches. Please see our Maps Available For Purchase page for ordering information and pricing.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: April 02, 2013