Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Misery-less Burgh?

I didnt catch this last week. But the Christian Science Monitor has a US Map of a 'hardship index'. It's a pretty amazing map.

It's not just that we are in their 'low' category, but we are low within a sea of misery. See the entire map below, but also see the midatlantic blowup I zoomed in on. I don't see many places in the country that show up in the low category that are not explained by some broader mega-regional pattern.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in the world is ALL of Southwest Florida in the HIGH hardship category . . .

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomorrow's PG doom and gloom headline: "Allegheny County Scores Low in National Ranking, Outlying Counties Score Higher"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I have not looked into how FL fares in these numbers... but the real estate collapse must have a broad impact across the state. Lots of sugar acreage had been made into tract homes over the last decade and I bet a lot of that does not get captured in metro area stats. That and now the stock market bust must have a particular impact on moderately well off seniors who are living off of their assets... a group that makes up all those Florida retiree migrants. If there is one group particularly hit by the stock market decline, its probably them, though I think the timing means thats not even part of that Florida picture yet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this because it links Pgh with the lower misery East Coast, rather than the higher misery Midwest and Great Lakes.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there a housing bubble in central Alaska or is this a layoffs on the North Pole problem?

Thursday, October 30, 2008 6:28:00 PM  

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