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WaPo report: Southwest CT has third largest string of ‘Super ZIP Codes’ in the nation

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Did you catch the report in the Washington Post over the weekend, exploring Super ZIP codes around the country?

In an effort to quantify the nation’s “top” ZIP codes, the Post created a formula, which computed household income and residents’ educational attainment, spitting back scores that ranged between 0 and 99. From there, the newspaper ranked ZIP codes from all over the country, designating the 650 ZIPs with scores in the top 5 percent as the nation’s “Super ZIP codes.” They even color coded the Super ZIPs in yellow in this nifty little map:

Screen grab from the Washington Post report, which you can find here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2013/11/09/washington-a-world-apart/?hpid=z1#

Screen grab from the Washington Post report, which you can find here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2013/11/09/washington-a-world-apart/?hpid=z1#

Here’s how the newspaper explains the makeup of these top-notch neighborhoods:

Among them, the typical household income is $120,272, and 68 percent of adults hold college degrees. That compares with $53,962 and 27 percent for the remaining 23,925 Zips shown. Only Zips with at least 500 adults are displayed.

I’m sure it’s no surprise that quite a few of the ZIPs here in Southwestern Connecticut were designated as “super.” But it is worth noting that the Bridgeport area actually had the third largest string of super ZIPs connected to each other in the nation. Here’s how we stack up against the ”nation’s largest contiguous Super Zip collections,” according to the Post:

Maggie Gordon

3 Responses

  1. John M says:

    Ned, it looks like the survey was done by the “Washington Post” newspaper, so I don’t think any government money was spent on the study. It’s just a catchy way to get readers to check out their paper/website.

  2. Mary says:

    Wow. Who gives an eff ( and yes I live in one of those “super” zip codes…This is just letting people think that a zip code makes you superior..sad really

  3. Ned P says:

    Nice story, but a gigantic waste of government money to figure our something that doesn’t matter.