I saw a couple of posts going viral on Reddit about the number of words in each European country’s Wikipedia page and figured I should jump in on behalf of the United States.
Below, I broke down the counties in the United States in two ways:
- Total word count by county
- Word count per capita by county
Word count per capita by county is interesting because it stops essentially being a population heat map of the United States. There’s a surprising amount written about some little counties like Loving County, Texas, population 83.
I did not include the reference section on Wikipedia since that seemed irrelevant to the article’s word count.
Number Of Words In Each County’s Wikipedia Article
Number Of Words Per Capita In Each County’s Wikipedia Article
And u/deadflashlights, I hope this adds some value for you.
Methodology: How I Found The Word Counts For Each County On Wikipedia
I then ran a simple word count on the resulting articles using every blank space as a proxy for a word. I made note not to include the reference section at the bottom of the article.
To calculate the words per capita, I divided the word counts by the population from the Census data. Finally, I broke the two resulting statistics, total word count and word count per capita, into deciles and mapped them.
Note, I multiplied the words per capita by 100 for the map, so it’s showing “Words Per 100 Residents,” but is mathematically the same for scale purposes.
Data is available upon request.
For more reading, check out:
- Cheapest States In America
- Richest States In America
- Most Dangerous States In America
- Worst Places To Live In America
- Worst Mid-Sized Cities
- Best Places By State