The map illustrates the distribution of Bitcoin nodes in the US. A quarter of the active nodes around the world come from the United States. The interactive map, which was made on September 2018, breaks the percentages down by state and shows how many nodes each state is responsible for. You can find a lot of information about how Bitcoin nodes are distributed across the globe, but this is the first map that specifically looks at the United States and breaks it down state by state.
California had the most Bitcoin nodes of all fifty states. This state has 582 nodes, which comprises about 27% of all the nodes in the United States. The San Francisco region, in particular, has a lot of Bitcoin nodes. California is the technology capital of the US and employs more people in the tech industry than any other state. In fact, tech jobs makeup over 9% of the total workforce in the state and make up about 16% of the state’s total economy.
Silicon Valley is a global center for high-end technology, housing major companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. Moreover, there are more vendors and merchants in California that accept payments in Bitcoin than any other state. Thus, it is not surprising that California ranks number one in the United States for Bitcoin nodes.
New Jersey and Virginia
New Jersey has the second most with 227 nodes, around ten percent of all the nodes in the country. This is another state with a booming tech industry, thanks in part to its convenient location in between New York and Pennsylvania. Right now, there are over 214, 700 professionals in the tech industry living in New Jersey. New Jersey has the additional benefit of housing several universities with high-profile computer science programs, including Princeton, Rutgers, and the Stevens Institute of Technology.
With 183 nodes, Virginia has the third most. Given its proximity to Washington D.C., this is not surprising. With major universities like Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia, Virginia has a lot of tech-educated people, and these are the people who are the most likely to mine Bitcoin. According to CompTIA, one of the leading technology associations in the country, Virginia had over 425,000 people employed in the technology sector. The state ranks sixth in the state for net tech employment.
A bitcoin nodes alliance
Other states that had a lot of Bitcoin nodes, include Ohio, Texas, and Oregon. Together, these six states made up over 62% of all the Bitcoin nodes in the country. While the top six states are responsible for the bulk of the nodes in the country. A few other states also contribute a sizable amount of Bitcoin nodes. Maryland, Washington, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Massachusetts, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin all had at least 20 Bitcoin nodes. If you look at the states that do have 20 or more Bitcoin nodes, the one thing they all have in common is that they have major universities with reputable computer science programs.
In contrast, the states that had the least amount of Bitcoin nodes were Wyoming, Montana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, South Dakota. Mississippi had the lowest number of Bitcoin nodes of all fifty states with zero. This is not surprising. Most of these states either have very low populations are very poor educational systems. It takes a lot of knowledge and skill to run a Bitcoin node. Mississippi is the least educated state in the union, so it makes sense that they would have the least amount of Bitcoin nodes.
This article was written by Vinicius Rodrigues.