Putting Out the Vibe

September 30, 2009

Delaware: Statistically the worst place to live

This post moved to my new location: http://puttingoutthevibe.com/2009/09/30/wheretolive/


  1. I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate here and poke some holes in your logic. Some of your statistics ingore the fact that not all states are of equal size. California may have 2048 more concerts than delaware, but it is also 83.8 times larger (in square mileage) than Delaware. In fairness, you should include some of the neighboring states data in Delaware’s numbers. Similarly, the sunshine data is a little misleading. With a state that size, you’re bound to see sunshine SOMEWHERE in the state nearly every day. What about pro teams? Shouldn’t you factor in the quality of the teams? In California, you have jokes like the Clippers and the Raiders. Should those teams even count? In Delaware, you have the following high quality teams within a radius well covered by the size of California: Yankees, Eagles, Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, New York Giants, Steelers. The only team decent team in California worth watching is the Lakers. But they play in LA where there is 0% sunshine days on account of the smog.

    Nevertheless, great post!

    Comment by Mike Piche — October 5, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    • Thanks for the feedback, Mike – as UW’s George Box once said, “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” If you’re interested, I posted a link to my complete data above. The state size point is a good one, but much of the data is only on a state level, not more local. The sunshine data is actually average percentage of sunshine, so in the case of California, I averaged results from seven different cities. The athletics point is very true since in reality, I would never really want to go to any of those games. Maybe I should factor in the additional cost of flights back to see the badgers play if I live far away from Madison.

      Comment by Matthew — October 5, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  2. Let me prefix this post with a full disclosure…obviously I’m supporting your move to Colorado. That said…

    Does quality of beer play any part in your beer drinking? From this post I’d assume you pretty much consume Olympia Ice? For example, Colorado has more breweries per capita than any state in the US. With that high number of micro brews, obviously the price of beer as a whole would be higher, but if you institute a cost/quality ratio I’d feel pretty good about where CO sits.

    Also I’d like to challenge your healthiest state rankings. That pole takes into account factors such as the rate of women’s prenatal care, immunization coverage, and prevalence of binge drinking. I would assume these factors don’t apply to your best interests of meeting attractive women? May I suggest either obesity rankings or most active state rankings?

    Finally, any poll with Texas ranked so high needs some adjustments!


    Comment by David K — October 7, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

  3. […] “Is Wisconsin really this morbidly obese?” – No, actually, I’ve looked into it. […]

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  4. I was definitely interested in reading this blog, after doing some research on demographics in Delaware and seeing the heading pop up in my search results… I currently reside in the “small wonder” state of Delaware. I definitely agree that it ranks lowest on the list of states I’ve lived in in my life (others include: New York, Maine, Vermont, Colorado and California). Bottom line: unless you like suburban sprawl and strip malls, prefer zero night life, very little social interaction or cultural activity and have a penchant for crap weather (too cold in winter, too hot and humid in summer), do NOT ever even visit this little hell hole. California definitely ranks #1 in my book. I lived there for 8 years, which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere. While I’ve been through a lot of the vast country of CA I settled in San Diego, and that’s where my heart still is. Colorado is fun, but I didn’t stay long, too much snow. You’re young though, have fun, see it all, except Delaware.

    Comment by em — February 6, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

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