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Most Conservative; Most Liberal Cities: Geography has Everything to Do with It

Even the most conservative cities in America are barely right of center, as this great chart from the Economist, based on research from Chris Tausanovitch at UCLA and Christopher Warshaw at MIT, shows:   This list from the Economist based on the research of Chris Tausanovitch at UCLA and Christopher Warshaw at MIT has much […]

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Posted in General, Uncategorized on Feb 12th, 2015, 4:31 pm by Stephen Higley  2 comments   

The Higley Elite 100: Variance & Stability in the American Community Survey 2008-2012

New research shows that the huge variances for individual neighborhoods only nudges the racial makeup of the Elite 100. I’m afraid that many of the visitors to my site are solely interested in the question of which neighborhood is Number One. In the hope of highlighting the futility of trying to determine which neighborhood is […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 16th, 2014, 8:27 pm by Stephen Higley  5 comments   

Fifteen Up & Coming Places of Affluence in the United States

I am waiting for the American Community Survey of 2005-10 to update the Higley 1000. However, there are some new places that are bubbling up as possible neighborhoods when the new Higley 1000 is created anew next year. A database by “Caspio” and published on the web by G. Scott Thomas on the website The […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 20th, 2011, 10:20 am by Stephen Higley  3 comments   

Bethesda and Palo Alto: Graduate Degrees & Money

After reading Daniel de Vise’s article in the Washington Post about the high rates of high-school completion in the counties surrounding the District of Columbia, I thought it would be much more telling to find which communities had the highest concentration of graduate degrees. The 2006-8 American Community Survey reports on doctorates, professional degrees, and […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Aug 4th, 2010, 8:56 am by Stephen Higley     

Washington DC: African-Americans find Success, but Separate and Not Financially Equal

The racial integration of the Washington DC metro area has many illuminating geographic patterns. This essay will concentrate on African-Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites. That’s not to say that there are not significant and interesting patterns for the ever increasing Latino and Asian communities, however, the long historical relationship between Washington DC and it’s Black citizens […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity, Uncategorized on May 23rd, 2010, 10:57 am by Stephen Higley  3 comments   

Darien, Connecticut: Highest Income Households in USA

The United States Census Bureau has recently announced a wealth of statistics on jurisdictions with over 20,000 people in the most recent American Community Survey.  Compiled from data over a three year period (2005-2007), Darien, Connecticut easily came in as the wealthiest town in America. Of course, the devil is in the definitions and the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 14th, 2008, 6:19 pm by Stephen Higley  1 comment   

Wealthy Neighborhoods: City vs. Suburb

Central Cities Dominate the top of the Higley 1000 When one looks at the list of the 1,000 wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States, the information is so fine grained, that the larger picture can be lost. In order to give my readers a bit of perspective I have totaled up the the number of […]

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Posted in General, The US Census, Uncategorized on Jun 3rd, 2008, 1:16 pm by Stephen Higley  1 comment   

West Suburban Chicago: Hinsdale & Oak Brook

West Suburban Chicago View Larger Map of Higley1000 neighborhoods in West Suburban Chicago The West Suburban cluster of neighborhoods is centered on Oak Brook and Hinsdale. They are the odd couple of Chicago’s suburbs. Hinsdale (the Felix Unger of the two) is older, gracious and stately. Hinsdale’s lovely tree lined streets have been the site […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity, Uncategorized on Apr 21st, 2008, 2:22 pm by Stephen Higley  2 comments   

From Lincoln Park to Dearborn Park: Chicago’s Central Neighborhoods

As I have mentioned in my posting on wealthy urban neighborhoods, one cannot really compare entire city neighborhoods to homogenous single family suburban neighborhoods. The 69 suburban Chicago neighborhoods in the Higley 1000 have an average of of 624 households. The 11 contiguous central Chicago neighborhoods spotlighted in this essay have an average of 7,740 […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity, Uncategorized on Mar 15th, 2008, 10:35 pm by Stephen Higley     

The Five Barringtons and their Neighbors

The Barrington Area View Larger Map Higley 1000 Neighborhoods in the Barrington area One could almost consider the Barrington Area as an annex to the North Shore. New upscale development was blocked to the north along the lakefront by downscale North Chicago and Waukegan, therefore it moved west. The Barrington area (as I have defined […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity, Uncategorized on Mar 13th, 2008, 2:24 pm by Stephen Higley  1 comment   

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