Redhead Map

Which country has the most redheads? We've plotted 13.500 of us on a map!
A project by MC1R Magazine.

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Which country has the most redheads?

About this project:

Dear "flaming reds", "copper tones", "strawberry blondes", "rangas" and "ginger beards", in the year 2016, we were looking for your locations with the plan to create the worlds biggest map with us redheads. Over 13.500 people have submitted their location. We've now finished collecting your data and made a static map out the points. Your personal data was deleted. If you have any questions or if the map doesn't work for you, feel free to contact us!

Why were we doing this:

We’ve all been exposed to those „ginger facts“ in the mass media or on click-bait stories telling us about the distribution of redheads throughout the world. How on earth do they truly know about the different numbers of redheads in all of the countries globally? When you take a look on the Wikipedia article „Red Hair“ and what they write about the different percentage rates per nation, only one small research project from Great Britain about the MC1R protein quotes their data sources from big newspaper articles. If you take a closer look at these newspaper articles you see they don’t have any facts to back their articles up, only other newspaper articles. From there it’s an endless spiral of inaccurate and misleading misinformation.

One research project, by the ScotlandsDNA project, surveyed 2000 people from Great Britain. Although it contained interesting facts about the MC1R protein there is still a problem. Only to have surveyed 2000 people does not produce a statistically accurate estimation that we can truly trust. So how many redheads do live on this planet, and where on earth are you?

Background information "MC1R the red hair gene": Red hair appears most commonly in people with two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 which produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies from a deep burgundy through burnt orange to bright copper (See "50 shades of red"). It is characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. It's associated with fair skin color, lighter eye colors, freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light. Redheadedness is the most recent successful human mutation.


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