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An Excellent Resource For Comparative City Data

Original post made by Jeremy Loski, Ventura, on Nov 6, 2007

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One of the more intriguing lists on this website is the "Top 100" category; there is an exhaustive comparative listing of how different cities compare, among a dizzying number of variables.

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Here's the Top 100 category. Palo Alto appears on some of the 100 list categories - e.g. we rank 18th in "Most people having Doctorate Degrees" and 53rd in "Highest Adjusted Gross Income" (Atherton placed 2nd). There are many, many other categories.

One of the categories ranked East Palo Alto 86th, in the "Number of Cars Per Household".

One improvement in theselistings might be to aggregate smaller cities into their constituent regions, so that we could see where various regions stand in these same categories.

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Posted by data lover
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 12:53 pm

FUN site for data-philes!! THANKS


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I just looked and it appears we are first for Doctorates, Masters and Professional degrees for towns with more than 5000 and 50000 people.

Its not realistic to compare Palo Alto to little enclaves that only have a few thousand people.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 1:18 pm

If you need to know where home prices are crashing, take a look at the link for the highest increase in home/condo values from 2000-2005. Interesting stuff.

Thanks Jeremy


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 1:49 pm


Don't forget that were are 61 on the list of Top 101 cities with the highest maximum monthly sunshine amount (population 50,000+)

Also #50 for Top 101 cities with the highest average sunshine amount (population 50,000+)

Of course #45 for Top 101 cities with the highest number of days clear of clouds (population 50,000+)


65 of Top 101 cities with the biggest local government total salary and wages expenses per resident in 2004 in $ (population 10,000+)

72 of Top 101 cities with the highest cost per building permit in 2004-2006 (population 5,000+)

42 of Top 101 cities with the most full-time financial administration workers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)

82 of Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers reporting taxable dividends in 2004 (pop 5,000+) (and you thought we only bought tech stocks) (atherton was #3 in this category)

11. 94304 (Palo Alto, CA), pop. 1,704: 363693 -- Top 101 zip codes with the highest 2004 average net capital gain/loss (pop 1,000+) (is this where Larry, Serge & Jobs live?)

88. 94301 (Palo Alto, CA), pop. 16,186: 60.2% - Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers reporting net capital gain/loss in 2004 (pop 1,000+) (people - its time to write off your Series A Preferred Dot.Com stock - its not coming back).

56. 94301 (Palo Alto, CA), pop. 16,186: 175055 - Top 101 zip codes with the highest average reported salary/wage in 2004 (pop 5,000+) (Atherton is #1 with an average wage of $387,555)

20. Palo Alto, CA (housing, pop. 57,809): 6.6% - Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Management, professional, and related occupations: (population 50,000+)

2. Palo Alto, CA (housing, pop. 57,809): 6.1% - Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Professional and related occupations: (population 50,000+)

9. Palo Alto, CA (housing, pop. 57,809): 1.4% - Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Computer and mathematical occupations: (population 50,000+)

25. Palo Alto, CA (housing, pop. 57,809): 2.0% - Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Lawyers (population 50,000+)

10. Palo Alto, CA (housing, pop. 57,809): 3.3% - Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Lawyers (population 50,000+)






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