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Census.gov - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Census.gov
Excuse the mad librarian coming out to play, but has anyone else played around at http://www.census.gov? I went to get a statistic on men and women for a response in the last post, and I've been playing around with little thematic maps, stats, info, etc.

Okay, yes. I'm a geek. Gimme my weird little bits of info. Even if I don't want it. (Like finding out my neighborhood is something like 86 men per 100 women, and a roughly similar number in most of the states I'd care to live in. It looks like there are only two states--Alaska and Nevada--where men are a clear majority.) Or things that are slightly disturbing. (Like the clear geographical demarcations when you run ethnic groups through.) I just like thematic maps and demographics. Because I do.

Click to Fact sheet" to get to this neat stuff.
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kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I love stats too. Don't know why, I just do. I love taking tests too--especially personality and IQ ones. Go tickle. I make my students crazy when I teach classification essays, because I make them all classify themselves.
Any more sorting hat stories coming? Neville's? Luna's? Cedric's? Cho's? Ginny's?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2004 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Working on Neville's (well, Neville's POV; I'll also sort Ron, Hermione, Seamus, and Dean) as we speak.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: July 23rd, 2004 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you've found INTP heaven. Do they have charts with cost of living in various states? Forget the men, I need to move to where I can buy a house...

And yes, more Of a Sort please! I'd love to read Cedric's, and Luna's Sortings.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2004 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, you can definitely get housing cost maps there. It's toward the bottom of the fact sheet.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Depending on where you're looking (some big areas have too much data to be sorted this fine), you can actually get block-by-block information on housing costs.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: July 25th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep meaning to respond to this, but every time I start, I get distracted by playing around at the site. :-) Looking at small areas is more fun. Also, living in a dedicated college town has some amusing stats -- for instance, nearly 70% of the over-25 population here has a Bachelor's Degree, as opposed to 24% of the country. Less fun is our median rent and the percent of household income it comprises.

Yes, this is indeed the type of thing I do for fun. When I was a kid, I used to read our encyclopedia. I still love poking around atlases.
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