Hunger Games: The Most Accurate Maps Of Panem

Bloggers aimmyarrowshigh and badguys have created this exceptionally accurate map of Panem, the world created by Suzanne Collins in her series “The Hunger Games“. Panem is described being a North America that has been ravaged by war and geological catastrophes.

“The result was Panem, a shining capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated.”

Map Of Panemimage courtesy of badguys and aimmyarrowshigh
Click the map. It’s massive. And well thought out. Its creators took into consideration all sorts of information from the books, including:

  • The Capitol is in Denver.
  • D12 is Appalachia.
  • D11 shares a border with D12, is one of the largest districts, is South of D12, and is primarily used for growing grain and produce.
  • D10 is primarily used for raising livestock. They do NOT process the livestock in D10. However, to feed an entire nation, D10 is likely another very large District.
  • D9 processes food for the Capitol and the tesserae; therefore, it likely shares borders with the food production Districts (D4, D10, D11).
  • D8 produces and treats textiles and is a factory District. It is POSSIBLE to reach D12 from D8 on foot over a course of weeks/months. Therefore, it does not cross a large body of water.
  • D7 specializes in lumber. It’s probably large. It has no role in food processing or manufacture.
  • D6 works closely with the Capitol in the research and manufacture of drugs (morphling, medicines). It likely has close ties to D5 in the production of mutts.
  • D5 is entirely dependent on the Capitol, so it’s probably somewhat nearby, and specializes in genetic research and manipulation. Because of the necessity of creative thought and intellect, it’s most likely a smaller District so that it’s easier to monitor and control.
  • D4 is the ocean. It does have a role in food production. It’s very large. It is a Career District, so it likely is near the Capitol and has some self-sufficiency, but not enough that it doesn’t engender loyalty. (Aside from that, D4 = perfect.)
  • D3 has extremely close ties to the Capitol and works with electronics and technology. It is likely small, the Capitol can closely monitor its scientific minds. It has no role in food manufacture or processing.
  • D2 specializes in weaponry, is the most loyal District (because the Capitol needs to keep its weapon specialists happy, non?), and has no role in food production. D2 also works in some minor Mining elements and trains Peacekeepers. The Panem railroad is easily accessible in D2.
  • D1 produces luxury goods for the Capitol — INCLUDING having a diamond mine. Kelsey Lake Diamond Mine is a defunct diamond mine in Colorado, USA. It is located in the State Line Kimberlite District, near the Wyoming border.
  • D13 specialized in nuclear power, shares a border with D12, is both visible and reachable from D12 by foot, and is North of West Virginia. Three Mile Island was in New York Pennsylvania, and probably remained a nuclear reactor or was co-opted again as a reactor. D13 is small but mighty and is surrounded by Wilderness. It is self-sufficient.

This information was combined with some speculation about the results of future cataclysmic natural disaster in order to reach the maps final result. Of course, to me, the most interesting aspect of the map is the Capitol is located in what is now Denver, Colorado. I like the idea of Denver being the future capital of the post-apocalyptic dystopia.

Additionally, I would be remiss to not include Nerd Friday’s version of the Panem map shown below. This arguably more accurate map places the Capitol near Grand Junction, Colorado. More information about Nerd Friday’s creation process can be found in the bibliography and referenced works as well as the frequently asked questions section.
Map of Panem

12 Responses to “Hunger Games: The Most Accurate Maps Of Panem”

  1. Janella

    The capital could not be Denver unless the geography changed a great deal. Denver sits on the High Plains, and is not ringed by mountains as the book describes. I am a Denver native.

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  2. Ian

    how did it all get this way? what’s happening with all of the rest of the world? are there other nations out there? i tried to come up with reasons for why these other nations haven’t interfered or attacked my best guess is they’ve been waiting for a revolution for an easy conquest. i’m guessing theres going to be a prequel.

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  3. Ian

    also i think the size of it all is too big everything in district 12 seems to be in walking distance and in these maps depict 12 being a 3 hour DRIVE from edge to edge

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  4. Lydia b

    It say in mockingjay on page 260 line 16 that the Capitol forms an almost perfect square so neither map is right

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  5. Sean

    In the wiki, which may possibly be based on the film, it mentions District 1 having a machine that creates diamonds from graphite. This could mean that 1 doesn’t necessarily have a diamond mine, unless it mentions in the books that it does, I can’t remember.

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  6. Matt

    The Capitol is square, and surrounded by mountains. So, It must be in Utah. And District 2 is MUCH larger

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  7. Jonah

    I don’t remember which book, but Katniss describes D12 being both the poorest and smallest district. Both of theses maps have D1 being the smallest not D12.

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    • Bob

      She could mean smallest in population… Would you call NYC a “small” city?

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  8. canislytherin

    I’m not understanding why these districts are touching. I see that you’re trying to ‘fill up’ the map, but in all likelihood there are vast amounts of wilderness between each district. Otherwise there would be NO way for Bonnie and Twill to get to the woods outside 12 without crossing the monitored land in another district. And where are you getting the info that 12 can be seen from 13? It’s a 45 minute trip by hovercraft, so it’s not exactly next door.

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  9. canislytherin

    Also, space for Hunger Games arena sites are completely missing. The Games don’t take place in a district or the capitol, and they become historic sites once the Games are over.

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