Someone mapped out every Survivor player’s hometown on Google Maps

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There have been over 500 people who have played Survivor across the US. Now you get to see, visually, what parts of the country these players come from.

Earlier this year, we took a look at the few select United States … states that have cast zero people for Survivor. When you look at the basic data, nothing looked too egregious; many of them are either non-contiguous or low population states. New Mexico continues to be the most baffling, but I couldn’t put a finger on it.

Reddit user TioG may help paint a better picture, as he has created a custom Google Maps entry pinning every US player’s hometown for everyone to peruse. Any red pin on the map indicates one player comes from that city. Pins that are blue indicate multiple Survivor players have called that city their hometown. Finally, any star indicates a winner comes from that city.

The most alarming factor in this casting net is the geological bias for certain parts of the country. There are plenty of players from Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia and others, indicating it’s not completely a “metro area” vs. the “middle America” area issue. However, it is an East vs. West issue, as there is hardly anyone cast for the show west of Eureka, South Dakota.

Survivor hometowns google maps
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The main casting hubs west of that location are the greater Denver area, greater Salt Lake City area, a scattering across northern Montana and Washington, Phoenix and gigantic casting hubs in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. East of South Dakota, there are plenty of representatives throughout the Eastern half of the country.

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Clicking on each of those pins will bring you the name of players that called that location their hometown. It includes multiple contestants’ locations if they put different towns as representation, as Tyson’s “winning” star is in Heber City for Blood vs. Water.