The Geographical Center of the United States and IP Addresses

July 6, 2017 #random #networking

Do you remember Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion? Some summary points from the article:

  • When MaxMind was first choosing the default point on its digital map for the center of the U.S., it decided to clean up the measurements and go with a simpler, nearby latitude and longitude: 38°N 97°W or 38.0000,-97.0000.
  • Every time MaxMind’s database has been queried about the location of an IP address in the United States it can’t identify, it has spit out the default location of a spot two hours away from the geographic center of the country.
  • There are now over 600 million IP addresses associated with that default coordinate.
  • This happens to be in the front yard of Joyce Taylor’s house.

Well, it looks like that is no longer the case: This is the new digital center of the United States

Geolocation map

Maybe it was the result of a sign like this in Joyce Taylor’s front yard.

Go Jump in the Lake!

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