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What Does 20 People A Day Really Mean?

Warning: I play with data in the post below. My last post was fun pictures; this one might be a little dry.


I hear it all the time. I even repeat it to other people. I have no idea where it came from.

"Every day, twenty people are moving to Durham!"

After hearing and saying those words for a while, I realized I didn't know what that actually meant. Were twenty people moving to the city? the county? the metropolitan region?

I wanted to get slightly more granular to understand exactly what this meant and WHERE in Durham they are moving to.

The Approach I decided the best approach (i.e. the approach I had access to) was to look at data that the census puts out every year called ACS. Essentially, they survey a few households and use that to estimate a number of different measures including population.

I chose the most recent data published, 2017, and compared it to the previous year, 2016*. That shows how many more people live in Durham in 2017 than in 2016. All I had to do t…

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