Best Places to Learn About History in the United States
- April 5, 2017
- Posted by: Andrew Rombach
- Category: Study
History is a subject that captures the hearts, minds, and imaginations of many people across the nation. Like many countries, the United States of America has its own place in history, and its own story. Luckily for us, that history is recorded in many places and in many different ways, crossing state boundaries and sometimes defining them.
For most buffs, seeing history first hand really takes the cake. While reading a history book can satisfy one’s thirst for knowledge, visiting a museum, national landmark, or historical location simply offers more.
Many cities and towns in the United States have their own piece of history to offer, whether it’s a Civil War museum or an old farm house that has become national landmark. In reality, all places tell a story, but while it’s all out there, knowing where to start is a tough question.
Which city has the least tourists? Which city has more museums? Which city has the least to offer? Which city has the most to offer? Where should I visit this weekend?
Here at LendEDU, we have a couple of our own history buffs, so we decided to do a little bit of research on which cities and places in the United States have the most to offer history lovers. In the words of this article's title, we wanted to know where the best places to learn about history were.
Best Places to Learn About History in the U.S.
All data from this report was drawn from Onboard Informatics as licensed by LendEDU. The data represented in this report was pulled from to two specific different data sets: a point of interest data set (a list of businesses and locations with descriptions broken out by zip code, city name, and state) and a community data set (various population statistics broken out by zip code, city name, and state).
Since this study is about learning history, the points of interest data set was used to pull relevant locations and businesses by all zip codes in the United States. Relevant locations included museums, historical organizations, historical places, art museums, and national parks. The end result was the total number of historically relevant locations or points of interest broken out by zip code, city name, and state name.
Using the community data set, current population statistics broken out by zip code, city name, and state name were pulled. These two sets of data were cross referenced together, matching the number of historical locations, museums, etc. with their respective population statistics.
Since there were some large cities with multiple zip codes, these zip codes were aggregated together to account for the entire city. For example, five different rows with zip codes for Chicago would have been aggregated into just one row for Chicago, accounting for all points of interest data and population statistics. After the overall aggregation, zip codes were dropped in favor of city name.
A calculation was carried out to determine the History Learner’s Index, the overall number of historical points of interest against population. A simple ratio was taken between the two; the resulting ratio was multiplied by 10,000 for readability purposes. Cities were ranked based on the History Leaner’s Index. Those with a higher index have more opportunities in town per person than other areas with lower index scores.