Tool for mapping retreat location?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by cdevidal, Apr 23, 2012.

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  1. cdevidal

    cdevidal Monkey

    Does anyone know of a tool for mapping retreat locations in the United States? I'd like to overlay different maps to find the best location. Items like this:
    * Population density
    * Crime per capita
    * Sunshine (for photovoltaics)
    * Precipitation (for gardening)
    * Climate/temperature
    * Gang activity
    * Social security/govt assistance dependency
    * Nuclear reactors
    * Interstates
    * Cities with 100k+ residents
    * Property values
    * Demographics
    * Etc.

    I can find individual maps but a map where I can combine them into one map? Anyone know?

    At the very least I'd like to combine precipitation and population density. I may have to do this one by hand.

    (FYI, here's some of the individual maps.)
    Interesting maps to consider when choosing a retreat location
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  2. cdevidal

    cdevidal Monkey

    This looks like it might meet most of my needs:
    Map Maker

    Update: Maybe not. It hides important layers rather than blend them. Hmm.
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  3. CATO


    You can do this sort of thing easily in mapping software via layers

    I use ArcView, but I'm sure there are other software vendors. There are also marketing companies that will compile this data for a fee.

    If you want this stuff free of charge, you're going to have to work at it. Start with Tiger files to get your maps. Then you just have to start adding in the metadata; a lot of which is available freely via the Census.

    On the bright side, if you figure out a slick way to get all of this into a map, you might be able to sell access to it to recoup the time investment. You should also check out the GoogleMaps API to see how they add metadata.

    Check out a site called HealthMap. They scan newsfeeds and just add that data to Google maps. You could do something similar....adding in "Civil Unrest", crime, etc.
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  4. GaryL

    GaryL Monkey

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  5. CATO


    Yep....exactly. Now, if you could only add in your own data.
  6. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    Find somewhere in Western PA...safest most boring place on earth....sigh
  7. cdevidal

    cdevidal Monkey

    Yeah I'm a cold weather wuss. Florida native AND hypothyroid. Heater is on 365 days a year in Jacksonville. But I want safe and boring, so other suggestions appreciated :-)

    Grateful for everyone's help. Who knows? Maybe I'll build a retreat mapping tool like Guit_fishN suggested.
  8. cdevidal

    cdevidal Monkey

    This has potential. From the TIGER files (thanks Guit_fishN).
    TIGERweb (beta)
  9. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    In that case I would look for a few characteristics.

    Somewhere that has:
    With no state income tax and a low cost of living, Tallahassee, Florida, is not only one of the cheapest places to retire in the country but also an ideal place for those living solely off of their Social Security checks.

    I feel that Gulf side is safer that atlatic side...but thats just me. If that doesnt work try somewhere inland in North Georgia, NC, or SC.
  10. cdevidal

    cdevidal Monkey

    Just a few miles away. How'd you find that?

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