One explanation why different states think the way they do
Iâ€™ve looked for explanations why there are geographic pockets of behavior or thinking.Â Iâ€™ve looked for reasons to explain why some attributes, conditions, traits, behaviors, qualities and characteristics seem to cluster in certain areas,Â while residents of other places tend towards the opposite.
Why do certain states reliably vote in predictable patterns?Â Why is the South especially prone to violent crime?Â Iâ€™ve performed regression analyses and searched for correlations between certain variables such as income, education, climate, occupations, geography, housing, recreation, cost of living and crime.
Continue reading “Nice State, Mean State”
I was reminded that I promised to do a follow-up to my blog post about Stephen Bloomâ€™s article in The Atlantic, which lambasted his home state of Iowa, its residents and its way of life.Â If it sounds like Iâ€™m exaggerating, read the original article here.
Mr. Bloom justifies his criticism variously as â€œunspeakable truths,â€ â€œopinions,â€ and â€œsatire and parody.â€ If he seems confused about the focus of his piece, it has gotten him a lot of attention (with over 2,000 comments on the magazineâ€™s web site, and even an interview on NBCâ€™s Rock Center) which is perhaps what he wanted all along.Â Tellingly, he is quite vocal about the responses to his article, citing a death threat, anti-Semitism, and being forced into â€œhiding in an undisclosed location.â€
Continue reading “Factual Errors in Bloomâ€™s Attack on Iowa”
I just completed a really in-depth study on the best metro areas for seniors to live in.Â Minneapolis came in first, with Boston and Pittsburgh rounding out the top three.Â There’s an overview of the study here, with the top 25 cities:
2011 Best Cities for Seniors
WeÂ considered nine broad categories, each consisting of several specific measures:Â Healthcare, Economy, HealthÂ & Longevity, Social Life, Environment, Spiritual Life, Housing, Transportation, and Crime.
Here you can download a PDF of the entire study, with all 50 cities ranked, as well asÂ full methodology and detailed city writeups:
Best Cities for Seniors Full Study
In the PDF, we’ve even broken how citiesÂ scoredÂ in each of theÂ individualÂ categories.Â For example, the #1 city for Environment was San Francisco, whereas the #1 city for Housing was Oklahoma City.