When it comes to making presidents, the Old Dominion is No. 1.
A map, posted to Reddit on Saturday, gives a stark visual presentation of how presidential birthplaces have been concentrated in the eastern parts of the U.S. — especially in Virginia, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, where more than half of the 43 U.S. presidents were born.
Reddit user Starsy, who created the map, noted how a certain historical ebb and flow has seen presidents from different states dominate the office throughout America's past:
Virginia [...] played such a critical role in the early history of the country. 7 of the first 13 Presidents were from Virginia, but only one since then. Ohio inexplicably had a run of dominance from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. All seven Presidents came in a span of 10 in that time. It's probably largely because Virginia and the rest of the South was reeling from the Civil War and Reconstruction, the westward expansion was still young, and Ohio was highly populous among the remaining states.
As is noted on the well-sourced Wikipedia page from which Starsy pulled the map's data, many presidents are more closely associated with states other than their birth state; for instance, Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois but is typically associated with California, and the Bush family is from the Northeast but typically identified with Texas.
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