Major Web Companies’ Data Centers (2013)
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If you like that linework of the U.S., it’s 100% free to download and use from Project Linework. And, in fact, that was the basic impetus for making this map: just something fun and simple to show off the linework, so it’s not the most earth-shattering in terms of data.
While researching the locations, though, I did come across some neat issues when it comes to the siting of data centers: state governments will give big breaks on property taxes for the luxury of attracting a data center to a rural community, even if the centers themselves produce a noxious amount of noise. Site selectors are also looking for places with lots of cheap, clean electricity, accounting for much of the data centers located in hydropower-rich regions.
Alaska? Yep. Nope.