Monday, February 6, 2012
Where does your county fit in?
After reading Patchwork Nation, I was very curious to see exactly where my home county fit into the 12 community types that were laid out in the book. I came across this website: http://www.patchworknation.org/county/choose, which allows you to plug in your state and county name. Then it comes up with the type of community you live in, along with some statistics about your county and a hardship index that measures how difficult life is for an average resident of your county.
To be honest, after reading the descriptions of each category of community, I did not feel that my county easily fell into just one category. I found that my county, Middlesex County in Massachusetts, fell under the "Monied 'Burbs" category, which surprised me in comparison to the results for other counties in Massachusetts. A majority of the state actually fell under the "Campus and Careers" category: this makes sense because these areas have a great number of colleges and universities and potential for innovation. My county seemed more like a mix of a few different categories, but I suppose it makes sense that it fell under "Monied 'Burbs" because although I don't consider some towns and cities that surround me as well-off and wealthy, I believe that my area would be seen as a nice one when putting it into the perspective of the entire country.