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2013-11-10 11:30:40 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-10 11:45:17 AM  
I have no post code envy.
 
2013-11-10 11:58:16 AM  
I hate my zip code. Sometimes I use another one because I'm too embarrassed.
 
2013-11-10 12:00:30 PM  

rotsky: I hate my zip code. Sometimes I use another one because I'm too embarrassed.


15110, huh?
 
2013-11-10 12:02:10 PM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

"I'll tell you a little secret about zip codes: they're meaningless!"
 
2013-11-10 12:08:39 PM  
It's an interesting map.  I've been looking for 0's.  The only two I've been able to find are in southern WV and eastern KY.  The worst is 41669, Wheelright, KY.   The MEDIAN annual household income $16,806, only 5% college graduates.
 
2013-11-10 12:47:21 PM  
My zip code ranks higher than I would have thought. I must live in the poor part of town.

/OK I know I do.
 
2013-11-10 12:48:42 PM  
Well this is embarrassing: I entered my zip code and it brought up the next zip code over

/we must REALLY suck
//well.... it is 'bagger country, so I guess it figures
 
2013-11-10 12:48:48 PM  
Grew up in an 82 percentile living in a 51st percentile.
 
2013-11-10 01:10:36 PM  

xanadian: I have no post code envy.


Oh great, thanks for sticking that in my head.
 
2013-11-10 01:33:34 PM  
I can only dream of 30327.
 
2013-11-10 01:33:54 PM  
95202 ranks #1

Woo-hoo!
 
2013-11-10 01:35:38 PM  
The super-est ZIP code in my metro area's f'ing Elm Grove.

No thanks, I prefer it here in the 59th %tile.
 
2013-11-10 01:38:49 PM  
Too high to qualify for an Obama phone.
 
2013-11-10 01:38:53 PM  
TL;SR
Using ZIP codes to map incomes/education this way is pointless since many cities have the same zip code for large areas. One example, area in NY with $2-4 million dollar mansions, but apparently they didn't go to college and they're all broke. Oh, and there's low income housing in the same zip code, but on the other side of the train tracks.
 
2013-11-10 01:39:04 PM  
No, I'm in one of the zip codes where DC puts its lower middle class people (well, technically MD, but it's the DC area and literally a few dozen feet away from the border). Cheaper rent that way.

I grew up in an 82 with 54% college grads, median income $64k. Where I'm living now is a 43, with 26% college grads and a $47k median income.
 
2013-11-10 01:41:54 PM  
Well, that did confirm a lot of what I had suspected about my hometown and the surrounding areas.
 
2013-11-10 01:42:14 PM  
Grew up in a 40 (downtown Omaha), living in a 51, (north-ish lincoln). But Omaha has a 98 I think.
 
2013-11-10 01:43:32 PM  
This data on here appears to be several years out of date. Is this from the 2010 census?
 
2013-11-10 01:44:53 PM  
Nope, I live in the second poorest and least educated parts of the city of Providence. You wouldn't know it to look at the area though.

And the really interesting part - my income is some 4 times the median. Yikes, what the hell am I still doing here?
 
2013-11-10 01:45:00 PM  

Warthog: It's an interesting map.  I've been looking for 0's.  The only two I've been able to find are in southern WV and eastern KY.  The worst is 41669, Wheelright, KY.   The MEDIAN annual household income $16,806, only 5% college graduates.


So... this is where the Tea Party needs to focus for 2014?
 
2013-11-10 01:45:31 PM  
Jesus, part of Omaha is a 3....
 
2013-11-10 01:45:52 PM  
Lesbian Gay Transexual explanation?
 
2013-11-10 01:46:29 PM  
Wow top 5%. I'm a small fish in a large pond.
 
2013-11-10 01:49:08 PM  
I call bullshiat on my zipcode

94102 San Francisco, Calif.
$22,159 Median household income
35% College graduates
 
2013-11-10 01:49:26 PM  

Joe USer: TL;SR
Using ZIP codes to map incomes/education this way is pointless since many cities have the same zip code for large areas. One example, area in NY with $2-4 million dollar mansions, but apparently they didn't go to college and they're all broke. Oh, and there's low income housing in the same zip code, but on the other side of the train tracks.


This.  The most affluent area in our metro area is a tiny village that is split between two ZIPs, each of which also contains a number of less wealthy areas.  Separate that little suburb off by itself, and it would be in the high 80s on this map.  Instead, it's split between a 40 and a 45.

So... this map is essentially useless.
 
2013-11-10 01:49:29 PM  
I'm in a 94th  percentile code.  In Georgia.   They're lucky to have me.
 
2013-11-10 01:50:23 PM  
Wow, I'm only $25,000 below the median for my zip code.  And if I still lived in the same zip code as my office, I'd only be about $15,000 below median.

Yayyyyy
 
2013-11-10 01:50:30 PM  

Another Government Employee: I can only dream of 30327.




I am close, yet so far away...30326.
 
2013-11-10 01:50:56 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Lesbian Gay Transexual explanation?


Bisexualist.
 
2013-11-10 01:53:30 PM  
I'm way above the median for my ZIP. Of course, I bought here so I wouldn't be "house poor" and could still be in a good school district. Just being frugal.
 
2013-11-10 01:53:45 PM  

kd1s: my income is some 4 times the median. Yikes, what the hell am I still doing here?


Making bank, apparently.

borg: I call bullshiat on my zipcode

94102 San Francisco, Calif.
$22,159 Median household income
35% College graduates


They probably included all of the Bay Areas homeless "occupy" people who report their "address" as the city.
 
2013-11-10 01:54:26 PM  
No such number. No such zone.
 
2013-11-10 01:55:42 PM  

borg: I call bullshiat on my zipcode

94102 San Francisco, Calif.
$22,159 Median household income
35% College graduates


The numbers are perfectly plausible if you count all of the junkies, homeless, and trustafarians.
 
2013-11-10 01:59:39 PM  
I also cry bs on mine as well...rent's up, the community is awesome, the only thing i can't gauge is schools...
 
2013-11-10 02:00:03 PM  
I think the highest-educated zipcode is 96598 ....
 
2013-11-10 02:00:20 PM  
Don't all these maps end up being population density maps anyway?
 
2013-11-10 02:01:39 PM  
92118 represent
 
2013-11-10 02:02:58 PM  

JerseyTim: xanadian: I have no post code envy.

Oh great, thanks for sticking that in my head.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmCJEehYtU">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=VBmCJEehYtU

There ya go, Makes it all better.
 
2013-11-10 02:04:17 PM  

Bondith: Don't all these maps end up being population density maps anyway?


Sort-of. This map seems to be pretty much the same thing as Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks.
 
2013-11-10 02:04:58 PM  
There was an SNL skit where the 90210 kids were all depressed because the post office was getting a new ZIP code.
 
2013-11-10 02:05:28 PM  
I have a 77092 reality with 77024 aspirations.
 
2013-11-10 02:08:49 PM  

Another Government Employee: I can only dream of 30327.


I sometimes dream about 80085.
 
2013-11-10 02:10:13 PM  
I'm a four, I guess. Good to know I may be increasing the college grad number after having moved here.
 
2013-11-10 02:14:41 PM  
90210 is only a 96, with a much lower median income than I expected.

I grew up in a 99, but live in a 68 now because I wanted an affordable house.
 
2013-11-10 02:16:41 PM  
20148 in the house.  99 baby.  That's why they call it Cashburn.
 
2013-11-10 02:17:11 PM  
Raised in a 99 (Vienna VA); you couldn't pay me enough to live in NoVA now.

Much prefer Charlottesville, even though it's only mid 90's. I feel like such a peasant now.
 
2013-11-10 02:27:51 PM  
Living in a 93. 89k median (lower than I thought given how much people around here portray an image of importance). 64% Grad rate.
 
2013-11-10 02:30:15 PM  

Warthog: It's an interesting map.  I've been looking for 0's.  The only two I've been able to find are in southern WV and eastern KY.  The worst is 41669, Wheelright, KY.   The MEDIAN annual household income $16,806, only 5% college graduates.


I'm moving there, I'll be king!
 
2013-11-10 02:31:35 PM  
10024 ftw! Wooooo!
 
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