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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Map Shows America's Music Tastes By Region -- Can You Guess What San Francisco's Are?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

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Another week, another map showing broad generalizations about who in what part of America likes what kind of music. The latest one, created by real estate site Movoto, shows regional preference for certain genres. Guess what San Francisco likes? Well, as with the rest of California, it prefers rock 'n' roll -- at least according to this map. The city-by-city breakdown explains that, while "jazz and EDM showed up much higher on the list of San Francisco favorites than they did in other cities, neither outranked rock and blues." Also popular in S.F., to no one's surprise? "Indie" music, whatever that means.

As fun as all this generalizing is, though, some caution is in order. The folks at Movoto analyzed data from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other places, but some of their conclusions seem a bit fuzzy. For instance: "EDM is one of the few genres that doesn't include Los Angeles as a hub (yet)." That's interesting, because there's been no shortage of articles proclaiming L.A. the capital for beat-driven electronic music in recent months.

But we could quibble with the findings of any of these maps -- they're still fun to play with. You can check out the Movoto map of U.S. music tastes here.

-- @iPORT


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