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New project ranks Spokane as fourth most “normal” city to live in

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Places such as Riverfront park in the downtown of Spokane, Wash. help make the city more "normal". Places such as Riverfront park in the downtown of Spokane, Wash. help make the city more "normal".
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Determining what makes a city “weird” has been boiled down to a science. Reported by The Washington Post, Lyman Stone, a cotton economist and migration blogger, created a large data project to figure out just how to rank cities across the U.S. as ‘weird’ or ‘normal.’ 

Stone calculated city rankings based on 20 different variables taken from U.S. Census data, such as the portion of the population that is educated, married, working, in the armed forces, home and car owners, and foreign-born. Stone then compared the mean of each metro area to the mean of metro areas in the U.S.

The results? The ‘weirdest’ city deemed by the data is San Jose, Calif., the city populated by a mix of population that is foreign-born, as well as disproportionately white collar and educated.

The most normal cities? Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tulsa, Okla., take the first and second spots, respectively, Jacksonville, Fla.., grabs third, while Spokane, Wash., comes in fourth. Being ‘normal’ in this case means the data for these cities of poverty rate, educational attainment, etc., are the closest to the national mean. Spokane, specifically, is mentioned as having fewer workers per household, lower labor force participation, and slightly bigger houses that the mean of all metro cities. Overall? Pretty normal.

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