|Map of Public Libraries across the US|
For the National Day of Civic Hacking, Grimes built this wonderful map of all 17,000 libraries in the US (that's more than Starbucks or McDonalds franchises, thankfully). This vast public library network manages to serve nearly 97% of all Americans.
|Map of Museums across the US|
There are even more museums (about 35,000) across America. These institutions (including zoos, aquariums, art galleries, arboretums, and more) seek to educate the public about some collection of some kind of things.
I take joy in seeing the reach of both the museums and libraries and comfort in knowing that, at least for now, you are more likely to find a place serving the education of the public than you are to find even the most ubiquitous fast food joint.