How many countries are represented on Metafilter? January 26, 2010 6:53 AM   Subscribe

I'm curious. How many countries/nationalities are represented on Metafilter?

Metafilter is obviously pretty dominated by users from the USA, but there are loads of other nationalities represented. How many countries? What are the top 10 countries? Which country has the fewest members?
I'm guessing that there are some data on this stuff knocking about somewhere. So - how "global" is Metafilter?
posted by jonesor to MetaFilter-Related at 6:53 AM (163 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Japan here! US citizen, though. I do know at least two Japanese nationals who are Mefites.

I'd love to see some sort of reasonably accurate breakdown on this, too.

And... nice use of the idlecuriosity tag.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:56 AM on January 26, 2010


Is this updated?
posted by gman at 6:57 AM on January 26, 2010


Four!
posted by Mister_A at 6:59 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Fewer than we'd like. There used to be a snazzy KML file but I'm not sure what's up with that. Hopefully cortex has some info.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:00 AM on January 26, 2010


http://junk.haughey.com/metafilter.kml
posted by gman at 7:01 AM on January 26, 2010


ICELAND! YEAH!

But I live in Providence, Rhode Island.
posted by Kattullus at 7:05 AM on January 26, 2010


You have to look very carefully on the map to find me, but I'm there.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:13 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ireland over here- and not a Dub neither!
posted by psychostorm at 7:16 AM on January 26, 2010


POLAND REPRESENT!

Seriously, my ancestors were so Polish...
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 7:23 AM on January 26, 2010


I am the Hereditary President and Sole Resident and Citizen of the Principality of Plutoria.
posted by Plutor at 7:23 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's funny, because I'm King of Germany, Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Arch-Duke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Brabant, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, Marquiss of Moravia, Duke of Luxemburgh, the Higher and Lower Silesia, of Wirtemburg and Teck, Prince of Suabia, Count of Hapsburg, Tirol, Kyburg and Goritia, Marquiss of the Sacred Roman Empire, Lord of Burgovia, of the Higher and Lower Lusace, of the Marquisate of Slavonia, of Port Naon and Salines.
posted by Kattullus at 7:25 AM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


I bet the Canadian conspiracy contingent would place in the top five for "best represented nationalities".
posted by orange swan at 7:25 AM on January 26, 2010


New Zealand, but I live in the US, so I get to be the first Kiwi to comment bc they are all still asleep. HA!

(of course, they are sleeping waiting for tomorrow, so they always win. sigh.)
posted by gaspode at 7:26 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I know that there was someone from the Falklands posting here a while ago; I don't know if she's still active.
posted by jason's_planet at 7:29 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm English, but resident in Kernow.
posted by biffa at 7:32 AM on January 26, 2010


POLAND REPRESENT!

Seriously, my ancestors were so Polish.


At least you didn't forget Poland.
posted by orange swan at 7:35 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Which country has the fewest members?

like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and.
posted by gman at 7:37 AM on January 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


Latvia represent!
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:39 AM on January 26, 2010


grand ms of conduct here, representing new orleans, which is part of the united saints of america.
posted by msconduct at 7:45 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


English, by the Grace of God, but fallen among the learned although heathen denizens of the Celestial Empire.
posted by Abiezer at 7:54 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Dear Honored Sir,

I am the finance minister of Nigeria and desperately need your help moving a large amount of money out of the country.
posted by klangklangston at 7:56 AM on January 26, 2010 [9 favorites]


The sovereign nation of Wisconsinia here! We've only recently become independent (like, maybe 20 minutes ago).

We have a smallish but fun-loving population of about three. (Wait, do pets count? If not, that count isn't accurate.)

Speaking of, I am offering citizenship for anyone interested. Rates are fairly reasonable.
posted by quin at 7:57 AM on January 26, 2010


Cymru rprsnt.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:00 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I live in Rhode Island, but hold allegiance to the Independent Republic of Vermont.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:01 AM on January 26, 2010


People's Republic of Philadelphia.
posted by Mister_A at 8:04 AM on January 26, 2010


THE MIGHTY EMPIRE OF NEPTUNE, GOD OF THE WORLD-SEA
posted by The Whelk at 8:09 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh hey, I get to be special!

I am a citizen of Luxembourg, tho a resident of the UK.

Hopefully soon dual citizen, so I can choose which passport to wave in your face.
posted by ClarissaWAM at 8:14 AM on January 26, 2010


Poland. For real.
posted by pracowity at 8:15 AM on January 26, 2010


Forgot about you.
posted by jonmc at 8:21 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


All of them.
posted by Eideteker at 8:22 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm from here.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:28 AM on January 26, 2010


That's a mighty long border to guard. Or infiltrate, depending on your point of view.
posted by pracowity at 8:34 AM on January 26, 2010


Suburbandadistan.
posted by bondcliff at 8:40 AM on January 26, 2010


Jag representerar KonungaRikena Elgaland-Vargaland och Sverige, tackar som frågar.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 8:41 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm from Gondwana. We have always been at war with Laurasia.
posted by Mister_A at 8:47 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm from Ireland, but spend most of my time on the Internet.
posted by Elmore at 8:48 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sweden, Stockholm. We have never been at war with Laurasia.
posted by three blind mice at 8:49 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


The Most Serene Republic of Manitobah welcomes you and blesses you with its mosquitoes. And curses you with its cold.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:57 AM on January 26, 2010


I heard Jessamyn is a guest blogger on Boing Boing.

Sent from my gated community.
posted by fixedgear at 8:57 AM on January 26, 2010


Pakistan. We are at war with everyone.
posted by tavegyl at 9:06 AM on January 26, 2010


USA! USA!
posted by OmieWise at 9:12 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


All the globalism is tokenism around here.
posted by GuyZero at 9:12 AM on January 26, 2010


Cymru rprsnt.

I can see Cymru from my house! From FFynnongroyw to Glan-y-don, roughly. (I'm also half Welsh, depending on how you look at it.)
posted by a little headband I put around my throat at 9:17 AM on January 26, 2010


We have someone from jason's planet.
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:17 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh yeah ... what was his name again....?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:18 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm English, but was living in France when I signed up and then Italy.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:23 AM on January 26, 2010


Northern England. It's like North Korea: our Mass Games are less impressive, but one day we hope our Dear Leader will lead us to glorious victory over the Evil South.
posted by Sova at 9:29 AM on January 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


I come from a land where every meal is pancakes and plates of beans and every station shows daily reruns of Ghostbusters II.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:35 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm from La-La Land, a magical place of sunshine, earthquakes, and strange, poisonous creatures.
posted by scody at 9:38 AM on January 26, 2010


Wherethefuckistan.
posted by adamvasco at 9:39 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Freedonia checking in.
posted by Jofus at 9:40 AM on January 26, 2010


I live in London which is not the same as living in England and not the same as living in the U.K. and very much not the same as living in Europe.
posted by vacapinta at 9:42 AM on January 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


NJ signing in! Central Jersey, though. North and South Jersey are entirely different Jersies altogether.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:45 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm in Queens, which is it's own country, or roughly 200 separate ones, which all overlap with eachother. Tower Of Fuckin' Babel, USA, Home Sweet Home.
posted by jonmc at 9:46 AM on January 26, 2010


Well, I'm Welsh. I live in London though, and have lost my accent and fine tenor voice.
posted by jonesor at 9:49 AM on January 26, 2010


The (formerly) Republic of Texas
posted by Daddy-O at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2010


Places I have lived: Canada, United States, England, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg.
Countries I have viewed Metafilter from: Canada, United States, England

Does that count?
posted by blue_beetle at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2010


Indian here, but live in the US.
posted by peacheater at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2010


Western North Carolina, which is completely separate from the rest of North Carolina, being as how it is part of the great country of Appalachia, where as a sacred rite we sit on our porches all day drinking moonshine out of jugs, playing the banjo and dispensing homespun wisdom and chicken fried squirrel brains. Don't you wish you were us?
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Northern England. It's like North Korea: our Mass Games are less impressive
Though we've always Durham Miners' Gala. Plus we've don't have a demilitarised zone; we've gone de-industrialised and demoralised instead.
posted by Abiezer at 10:02 AM on January 26, 2010


I live in Rhode Island, but think longingly of Minneapolis.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:06 AM on January 26, 2010


From the "Open Earth" thread posted to the blue a few days back, here is the KML file -http://www.metafilter.com/metafilter.kml
posted by jkaczor at 10:09 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Though we've always Durham Miners' Gala. Plus we've don't have a demilitarised zone; we've gone de-industrialised and demoralised instead.

I didn't know you were northern Abiezer? (Though it's a 50/50 chance, to be honest.)
posted by Sova at 10:10 AM on January 26, 2010


Representin' Tahoe. Used to represent Seattle. Philadelphia. Cherry Hill, NJ. Lived in London. Traveled to all 7 continents and been to nearly 70 countries. Born in the Philippines.

Oh. My. God. I've just become Miss Universe.

Where's my tiara, goddammit? I NEED my goddamn tiara.
posted by HeyAllie at 10:13 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Barely - born in the Fens and grew up in Derbyshire and Cheshire. Mostly the latter (by Crewe) and it sees itself as the North. Then Stoke which must be about the same latitude and only a few miles east would be Midlands by most accounts. But you know how these things work.
posted by Abiezer at 10:14 AM on January 26, 2010


Barely - born in the Fens and grew up in Derbyshire and Cheshire. Mostly the latter (by Crewe) and it sees itself as the North. Then Stoke which must be about the same latitude and only a few miles east would be Midlands by most accounts. But you know how these things work.

That's fine! I refuse to recognize the Midlands, so I draw the line at Severn-Wash.

(Oh, and I'm actually rather serious about it. Well, as serious as you can be.)
posted by Sova at 10:18 AM on January 26, 2010


I created a survey

Whoever wants to can put in their nationality, then I'll post the results.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:20 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ireland here, culchie to the core!
posted by houlihan at 10:20 AM on January 26, 2010


English - currently in Colombia, soon to be in Peru and then Ecuador and than back to Colombia.
posted by jontyjago at 10:21 AM on January 26, 2010


I refuse to recognize the Midlands
You're probably on a hit-list drafted by Black Country fundamentalists now.
posted by Abiezer at 10:22 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


The responses are pouring in :)

Turns out we have a very distinguished user from "BoingBoingistan"

Three guesses who!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:25 AM on January 26, 2010


Just north of Seattle, but spending a lot of time lately in Ferelden

Seriously, thanks for asking this, I've wondered too.
posted by bearwife at 10:35 AM on January 26, 2010


Doomstadt, Latveria.
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:35 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm composing this from the heart of the sun.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:36 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm from the Internets.
posted by arachnid at 10:37 AM on January 26, 2010


Dammit there are about as many fictional places being entered in as real places. I think this may be an example of a heretofore unknown type of statistical bias - "snark bias". At least the results will look entertaining :)
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:37 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


WTF, I just realized the survey automatically collects IP addresses. I promise I won't publish that with the results, but in case that creeps you out, I figured I'd let you know.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:39 AM on January 26, 2010


Naw, mefites are just hip to Interdimensional travel and Transfictional portals.
posted by The Whelk at 10:40 AM on January 26, 2010


Nationality or residence?
posted by desuetude at 10:40 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm composing this from the heart of the sun.

I'm burning up three suns just to be here.

I'm from England, but now live in Southern California. This thread makes me want an option to declare myself an immigrant/expat on my profile. There seems to be a hell of a lot of Mefites that have upped sticks and moved to a completely different country. We should start a club.
posted by saturnine at 10:56 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm composing this from the heart of the sun.

Did you set the controls?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:03 AM on January 26, 2010


There seems to be a hell of a lot of Mefites that have upped sticks and moved to a completely different country.
I've lived more of my adult life in China than in England now. Very similar countries in many ways - tea-drinking, sweary working classes and perennial disappointment in the national football team.
posted by Abiezer at 11:17 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Scot in Russia - thousands of miles from everything, and very jealous of the meetup threads.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 11:20 AM on January 26, 2010


Here you go:



(I wish I could embed the Google Analytics map of the world, you can mouse over every country and get a result for now many visitors came from that specific country)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:22 AM on January 26, 2010 [28 favorites]


See, I'm number 21.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:24 AM on January 26, 2010


GA and a lot of other analytics tools sometimes get confused about where people really are but it's generally accurate on a national level. It still tends to report all AOL users as living in Virginia I think.
posted by GuyZero at 11:27 AM on January 26, 2010


I am from #21 (not set)
posted by Cranberry at 11:36 AM on January 26, 2010


40,000 of the NZ visits are me.
posted by tracicle at 11:39 AM on January 26, 2010


I am from #21 (not set)

You're from Burhanistan?
posted by gman at 11:39 AM on January 26, 2010


I have no idea how Alexa gets their numbers, but apparently we're huge in Ireland.




posted by pb (staff) at 11:52 AM on January 26, 2010 [6 favorites]


Not very popular in North Korea, I see.
posted by backseatpilot at 11:54 AM on January 26, 2010


Via pb's link, it's interesting that AskMe is so much more popular than MeFi:

58.0% ask.metafilter.com
38.8% metafilter.com
posted by Jaltcoh at 12:01 PM on January 26, 2010


People's Republic of Philadelphia.

You're clearly out of the loop. It's the People's Republic no longer. The traitorous rebels have been squelched. It's now the Great Protectorate of Philadelphia.
posted by Deathalicious at 12:01 PM on January 26, 2010


Let's hear it for OTHER!

(NZ, posting from the future)
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y at 12:02 PM on January 26, 2010


it's interesting that AskMe is so much more popular than MeFi:

One reason might be that people don't have buckets of shit hurled at them in AskMe when there is a difference of opinion. Or at least those get deleted fairly quickly anyway.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:04 PM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


I AM FROM UKRAINE!
(not really)
posted by pkphy39 at 12:08 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm from Ghana..but live in Seattle now.
posted by ramix at 12:13 PM on January 26, 2010


As I understand it the Alexa stats are gathered from users that install the Alexa toolbar in their browser which is very much not a representative sample. It skews towards the naive that will click to install anything and the slightly scummy SEO types that are always obsessed with their alexa rankings.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:18 PM on January 26, 2010


I am the representative of Norway (pronounced /ˈnɔrweɪ/; Norwegian: Norge (Bokmål), Noreg (Nynorsk) or Norga (North Sami)), officially the Kingdom of Norway. While I do not have the authority to grant you asylum, I can put in a good word for you. If YOU'VE BEEN SILENCED ALL YOUR LIFE.
posted by Dumsnill at 12:19 PM on January 26, 2010


I have no idea how Alexa gets their numbers
Who is this Alexa and where do they get off 'othering' me?
posted by Abiezer at 12:24 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


One reason might be that people don't have buckets of shit hurled at them in AskMe when there is a difference of opinion. Or at least those get deleted fairly quickly anyway.

A less scat-focused analogy: AskMe is the already warm snuggie to Metafilter's assless chaps. The snuggie is always comfy, but sometimes you don't tell people you're wearing one. Assless chaps have a certain freedom, but you might get spanked (though some people are into that kind of thing).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:25 PM on January 26, 2010


As for Alexa, here's a bit on Wikipedia about the Accuracy of ranking by the Alexa Toolbar, though Alexa now claims to be polling beyond searchbar users for their stats.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:32 PM on January 26, 2010


Indian, but living in Mexico .
posted by dhruva at 12:34 PM on January 26, 2010


States I have lived in (in order):
NY
SC
MO
TX
MA/TN (concurrently)

I move a lot.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 12:42 PM on January 26, 2010


pb: "I have no idea how Alexa gets their numbers, but apparently we're huge in Ireland. "

That's from me constantly refreshing my favorites count in work.
posted by minifigs at 12:43 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm in Utah; which has its own culture and tried to be its own country, but isn't.
posted by TooFewShoes at 12:48 PM on January 26, 2010


Denial, represent!
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 1:13 PM on January 26, 2010


England. Dudley. The Black Country. Midlander.

You're probably on a hit-list drafted by Black Country fundamentalists now.

Sova, I'm lining up my faggots for the kill-shot.
posted by somergames at 1:25 PM on January 26, 2010


Well, here are the survey results so far:

USA - 25
UK - 5
Canada - 4
Ireland - 2
BoingBoingistan - 1
England - 1
Finland - 1
Germany - 1
Iceland - 1
Latveria - 1
Mexico - 1
Norway - 1
Poland - 1
Soviet Canukistan- 1

freakin wiseasses ;)
posted by Salvor Hardin at 1:30 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm from New Zealand. I had vegemite on my kiwifruit for breakfast this morning.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 1:37 PM on January 26, 2010


somergames: my grandmother came from Dudley! After half a glass of sherry she can sometimes be persuaded to utter somthing incomprehensible in Black Country dialect.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 1:39 PM on January 26, 2010


it's the big OTHER that worries me.
posted by The Whelk at 1:39 PM on January 26, 2010


LOLNATIONSTATES
posted by qvantamon at 1:48 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm actually almost greatful to be able to type the word DUDLEY and not say it. Usually when (non-Midlands) people are made aware of where I'm from, the first thing they do- with painful inevitablility- is an incredibly bad parody accent.

("I'm from Dudley."

"YOWM FROM DUDLOY? DUDLOY?...DO YOW EAT PAYS? PAYS AND FAGGOTS, CHICK?")

I spent my second week of university saying "I'm from a small town just outside of Birmingham, you probably haven't heard of it", until a belated rush of home town pride kicked in.
posted by somergames at 1:57 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Netherlands in the wizzindmill.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:01 PM on January 26, 2010


The way that GA map is laid out, I'm half tempted to push a big red "Launch ICBMs" button.

Care to break down those Netherlands numbers, Matt? I'd love to see a screenshot of the country map.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:08 PM on January 26, 2010


Off topic, but I just spent 20 minutes trying to find Port Naon.
posted by cgk at 2:14 PM on January 26, 2010


As I understand it the Alexa stats are gathered from users that install the Alexa toolbar in their browser which is very much not a representative sample. It skews towards the naive that will click to install anything and the slightly scummy SEO types that are always obsessed with their alexa rankings.

This is why there are no New Zealanders in the list.
posted by shelleycat at 2:45 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ugh. I expected Germany to be the first non English speaking country before us (Netherlands). But Italy?!?
So humbling.
posted by joost de vries at 2:50 PM on January 26, 2010


Australia!
posted by latch24 at 3:01 PM on January 26, 2010


That's fine! I refuse to recognize the Midlands, so I draw the line at Severn-Wash.

(Oh, and I'm actually rather serious about it. Well, as serious as you can be.)


My view is that you think you're from the Midlands, you're from the North.
posted by djgh at 3:12 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Monterrey, México.
posted by elmono at 4:06 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm from what the BBC used to refer to as "Western Parts". It's fucking hilarious how they did that, looking back.

Mind you, we called WW2 "The Emergency", which was a lot more fucking hilarious how we did that, looking back.
posted by Sk4n at 4:07 PM on January 26, 2010


Ugh. I expected Germany to be the first non English speaking country before us (Netherlands). But Italy?!?

Sorry. I've got a nasty Ctrl-F5 tic.
posted by romakimmy at 4:32 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'd be interested to know the percentages of comments and posts that originate in various countries. Probably too hard to figure out though.
posted by empath at 4:37 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm an American who lives in Washington, DC - which feels like a foreign country. Does that count?
posted by matty at 4:38 PM on January 26, 2010


Sk4n: I'm from what the BBC used to refer to as "Western Parts". It's fucking hilarious how they did that, looking back.

That's actually something which has confused me for years. Did they mean the West Midlands or something else?
posted by Kattullus at 4:44 PM on January 26, 2010


Going by Sk4n's reference to calling WWII 'The Emergency' must mean Ireland. Never knew the Beeb did that though; or have I got that round me neck, Sk4n?
These days I'd guess they mean the West Country but I suppose it would depend on context.
posted by Abiezer at 5:15 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm from Mars.
posted by ersatz at 5:15 PM on January 26, 2010


I'm from The Village.

Be seeing you.
posted by mintcake! at 5:18 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Here are the stats for what people have listed as "Location" in their profiles, from the .kml file. This is the parsed lat/lon coords run through GIS and a Groovy script. Some folks obviously not listing their actual location (why so many Kyrgyzstan?) and the numbers are about an order of magnitude low because not everyone lists a location, but I think it's a pretty accurate overview. Except for Kyrgyzstan (NOT KYRGYZSTAN-IST).

United States: 6201 (77.20%)
Canada: 485 (6.04%)
United Kingdom: 425 (5.29%)
Australia: 167 (2.08%)
China: 148 (1.84%)
Germany: 48 (0.60%)
Netherlands: 44 (0.55%)
New Zealand: 41 (0.51%)
Japan: 40 (0.50%)
Kyrgyzstan: 34 (0.42%)
France: 31 (0.39%)
Sweden: 26 (0.32%)
Ireland: 23 (0.29%)
Denmark: 17 (0.21%)
Belgium: 17 (0.21%)
India: 16 (0.20%)
Mexico: 15 (0.19%)
Kazakhstan: 14 (0.17%)
Singapore: 14 (0.17%)
Russia: 13 (0.16%)
Italy: 13 (0.16%)
Spain: 12 (0.15%)
Antarctica: 11 (0.14%)
Argentina: 9 (0.11%)
Norway: 9 (0.11%)
Finland: 9 (0.11%)
Brazil: 8 (0.10%)
Portugal: 8 (0.10%)
Switzerland: 7 (0.09%)
South Korea: 7 (0.09%)
Greece: 5 (0.06%)
Austria: 5 (0.06%)
Chile: 4 (0.05%)
Iceland: 4 (0.05%)
Poland: 4 (0.05%)
Philippines: 4 (0.05%)
Thailand: 4 (0.05%)
Vietnam: 4 (0.05%)
Puerto Rico: 3 (0.04%)
Israel: 3 (0.04%)
West Bank: 3 (0.04%)
Egypt: 3 (0.04%)
Czech Republic: 3 (0.04%)
United Arab Emirates: 3 (0.04%)
Malaysia: 3 (0.04%)
Northern Mariana Is.: 3 (0.04%)
South Africa: 3 (0.04%)
British Virgin Is.: 2 (0.02%)
Nigeria: 2 (0.02%)
Bulgaria: 2 (0.02%)
Cyprus: 2 (0.02%)
Slovakia: 2 (0.02%)
Slovenia: 2 (0.02%)
Estonia: 2 (0.02%)
Nepal: 2 (0.02%)
Pakistan: 2 (0.02%)
Mongolia: 2 (0.02%)
Laos: 2 (0.02%)
Kenya: 2 (0.02%)
American Samoa: 1 (0.01%)
Wallis & Futuna: 1 (0.01%)
Bolivia: 1 (0.01%)
Ecuador: 1 (0.01%)
Peru: 1 (0.01%)
Montserrat: 1 (0.01%)
St. Kitts & Nevis: 1 (0.01%)
The Bahamas: 1 (0.01%)
Cayman Is.: 1 (0.01%)
Panama: 1 (0.01%)
Jersey: 1 (0.01%)
Cape Verde: 1 (0.01%)
Gibraltar: 1 (0.01%)
Mali: 1 (0.01%)
Iraq: 1 (0.01%)
Libya: 1 (0.01%)
Benin: 1 (0.01%)
Cameroon: 1 (0.01%)
Chad: 1 (0.01%)
Lebanon: 1 (0.01%)
Turkey: 1 (0.01%)
Latvia: 1 (0.01%)
Romania: 1 (0.01%)
Oman: 1 (0.01%)
Uzbekistan: 1 (0.01%)
Azerbaijan: 1 (0.01%)
Afghanistan: 1 (0.01%)
Bangladesh: 1 (0.01%)
Guam: 1 (0.01%)
Marshall Is.: 1 (0.01%)
Comoros: 1 (0.01%)
British Indian Ocean Territory: 1 (0.01%)
Mayotte: 1 (0.01%)
Cocos Is.: 1 (0.01%)
Indonesia: 1 (0.01%)
posted by Who_Am_I at 5:31 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Who_Am_I: why so many Kyrgyzstan?

Because people are forgetting their minuses. If your location is in the Northeastern US and you don't put a minus in front of the second value you end up in Kyrgyzstan.
posted by Kattullus at 5:41 PM on January 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


Yep. At some point a few years ago there was even talk in MeTa of a mini campaign to "get the word out" to go and fix your profile if you'd left off that minus.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:34 PM on January 26, 2010


Zemblan, quietly residing in Connecticut.
posted by Kinbote at 7:25 PM on January 26, 2010


I bet the issue Kattullus highlights accounts for a fair few of the China user locations too.
posted by Abiezer at 7:29 PM on January 26, 2010


If your location is in the Northeastern US and you don't put a minus in front of the second value you end up in Kyrgyzstan.

HOLY SHIT! Can you just tap your shoes three times to come back, or do you have to go find your consulate or something?
posted by qvantamon at 7:30 PM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


So, by any metric, about 3/4 of us are in one particular country.

So, knock off the "USIAN" crap, the rest of you. By supermajority fiat, we'll vote to call ourselves "Americans", thankyaverymuch.

USA! USA! USA!
posted by yhbc at 7:59 PM on January 26, 2010


USIAN! THEMIAN! USIAN! THEMIAN! USIAN! THEMIAN! USIAN! THEMIAN!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Feel free to continue responding to the survey. If I notice more people using it, I'll post updated results. For what it's worth, if anyone cares for another measure, here are the results from the survey so far, with 72 respondents:
NATION				#	FRACTION
United States of America	31	0.43
Canada				11	0.15
United Kingdom			7	0.1
Australia			3	0.04
Germany				3	0.04
Mexico				3	0.04
Ireland				2	0.03
Britain				1	0.01
Buttland			1	0.01
Finland				1	0.01
France				1	0.01
Iceland				1	0.01
Italy				1	0.01
Latveria			1	0.01
Netherlands			1	0.01
Norway				1	0.01
Poland				1	0.01
Soviet Canukistan		1	0.01
BoingBoingistan			1	0.01
Total				72	1
Here is the breakdown by state/province. So far 57 respondents provided a state or province.
NATION			STATE/PROV.	#	COUNTRY TOTAL
USA			Massachusetts	4	31
			California	3	31
			Missouri	3	31
			New York	3	31
			Arizona		2	31
			North Carolina	2	31
			Virginia	2	31
			Alabama		1	31
			Illinois	1	31
			Louisiana	1	31
			Nevada		1	31
			New Hampshire	1	31
			New Mexico	1	31
			Oregon		1	31
			Pennsylvania	1	31
			South Carolina	1	31
			Tennessee	1	31
			Texas		1	31
			Washington	1	31
			Wisconsin	1	31
Canada			Alberta		4	11
			Ontario		4	11
			Brit. Columbia	1	11
			Manitoba	1	11
			Quebec		1	11
			Victoria	1	11
United Kingdom		England		5	7
			North		5	1
Australia		ACT		1	3
			Queensland	1	3
			West. Australia	1	3
Ireland			Galway		1	2
			Waterford	1	2
Latveria		Doomstadt	1	1
Norway			Trøndelag	1	1
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:10 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Caymanian, currently living in Texas.
posted by teraflop at 9:30 PM on January 26, 2010


Do we have one of those handy map programs that mefites can link to on their profile that lets others (friends/whatever) click in their location with username? I have seen that in other communities. (Did I miss a link to it above?)

Just want to keep track of everyone ... this is my travel year and I imagine I will be posting a lot of askmefi questions about people/places around the world.

Oh yeah, and I am from the Kingdom of Hawai'i -- it is lumped in with the US in the statistics.
posted by Surfurrus at 10:29 PM on January 26, 2010


U.S. citizen living in BC, Canada. Gonna apply for Canadian citizenship this year, yay me.
posted by deborah at 10:36 PM on January 26, 2010


I can see Cymru from my house!

I could see it from my house if the house opposite wasn't in the way. I can see Moel Famau from my office window.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:15 AM on January 27, 2010


motherfucking jesus goddamn american FUCKS
/stops drinking in the hope of making it to work in a few hours.
posted by jacalata at 2:19 AM on January 27, 2010


Obviously, all the various metrics posted above are estimates only, but it appears as though Canada is highest in terms of the ratio of users to overall population.

That I noticed this is likely related to my being Canadian (though currently MeFi-ing from Japan (while wearing my "tl;dr" t-shirt (thanks, MeTa contest!))).
posted by birdsquared at 2:36 AM on January 27, 2010


That's only if you're using metric population.
posted by qvantamon at 2:53 AM on January 27, 2010


Hi, I'm from Denmark.
posted by sveskemus at 4:16 AM on January 27, 2010


[...] Canada is highest in terms of the ratio of users to overall population.

And the Canadarm is a key component of the space shuttle.
posted by pracowity at 4:50 AM on January 27, 2010


A few of us are living in the Republic of Vermont.
posted by terrapin at 6:22 AM on January 27, 2010


A few of us are living in the Republic Fiefdom of Vermont.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:49 AM on January 27, 2010


Indian here, living in India. :P
posted by madman at 7:11 AM on January 27, 2010


A few of us are living in the Republic Fiefdom of Vermont.

I am not actually in charge here. Long live the Republic!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:18 AM on January 27, 2010


I've just updated my location (I'm moving on Friday): There are no other MetaFilter members nearby, sorry.

Not that I've ever met any MeFites in real life, but :(.
posted by jonesor at 7:32 AM on January 27, 2010


Just heard the sad news that super-folkie Alistair Hulett is in hospital seriously ill (and would welcome messages of support from fans and well-wishers). Aussies may remember him from Sydney folk punk outfit Roaring Jack, as he spent many years lving down your way.
Any road, in light of this outbreak of identification with the bourgeois nation state, let's not forget the key message he gives in his classic tribute to the great John Maclean and the Red Clydesiders, 'Don't sign up for war': Betray your country, serve your class.
posted by Abiezer at 7:44 AM on January 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


That's terrible news, Abiezer. I love Hulett's version of The Internationale (with Jimmy Gregory).
posted by Kattullus at 8:51 AM on January 27, 2010


Scotland. It's a small province in England.
posted by theCroft at 4:24 PM on January 27, 2010


Australia. You can tell because it's two days since Australia Day, and I'm still recovering.
posted by kjs4 at 4:35 PM on January 27, 2010


East Jesustan in the hizzouse
posted by toodleydoodley at 5:53 PM on January 27, 2010


I am not actually in charge here.

Only a matter of time.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:24 PM on January 27, 2010


and I mean that in a very friendly way
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:56 PM on January 27, 2010


Mexican, living in Mexico.
posted by Cobalt at 10:01 PM on January 27, 2010


Ditto.
posted by clearlydemon at 9:36 AM on January 28, 2010


Canadian, splits her time between Ethiopia, Canada and Vietnam (I have a weird job, ok?) Both Ethiopia and Vietnan heavily censor the internet for civilian use, but I know government and military agencies can bypass that. Imagine my surprise that both countries didn't block MeFi. Those were glorious moments of discovery.
posted by carabiner at 7:04 PM on January 29, 2010


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