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Old 02-01-2011, 10:33 PM
 
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HsvCity! - from the Chamber link "Huntsville is reported to have the nation’s highest concentration of engineers per capita". IMO the data provided on City-Data trumps "is reported to have". Same with the real estate article: "Huntsville AL real estate boasts the most PHDs per capita than any other American city". IMO the data provided on City-Data trumps realtors' "boasts". Just sayin'
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Yeah, I tried to google "PhDs per capita" and such types of things and the only places I could find that claimed this were Huntsville booster sites.
Also, even if true, there's no telling what year that stat was from. People forget that these these change.
There is this, which shows the relatively expected patterns. Note mountain brook at 12 for graduate degree and 49 for phds. lots of lawyers, doctors (the real kind) and MBAs there i guess.:
http://higley1000.com/archives/319
I also commonly hear something about Mountain Brook is one of the top 10 richest zip codes or some crap. I ask what that means (individual income? wealth? etc...) and no one knows. I tried looking a little to see if it was true, but quickly gave up.
This same site has a few other posts about Bham:
http://higley1000.com/archives/29
http://higley1000.com/archives/34
http://higley1000.com/about-this-sit...hoods-by-metro
http://higley1000.com/archives/121
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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bluebeard - City-Data has listings of top cities with advanced degrees. Even though that includes Master's, IMO the percent share of Master's / PhD's is fairly consistent throughout the USA. The weakness of using C-D is the composition of the advanced degrees - M.D.s, J.D.s, plus PhD's. However, looking at the list, it makes sense that Palo Alto CA, Bethesda MD (NIH), and Cambridge MA (Harvard et al.) are ranked highly.

Mountain Brook didn't make this list.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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bluebeard - City-Data has listings of top cities with advanced degrees. Even though that includes Master's, IMO the percent share of Master's / PhD's is fairly consistent throughout the USA. The weakness of using C-D is the composition of the advanced degrees - M.D.s, J.D.s, plus PhD's. However, looking at the list, it makes sense that Palo Alto CA, Bethesda MD (NIH), and Cambridge MA (Harvard et al.) are ranked highly.

Mountain Brook didn't make this list.
Yeah, it always depends your methods and restrictions as well (years used, populations over 5,000 vs 20,000 vs something else, use of city limits, zip codes, census tracts, metro regions, particular measure of "richness" and education, etc...)
We could all go to the census ourselves and figure out this with our own definitions.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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I also commonly hear something about Mountain Brook is one of the top 10 richest zip codes or some crap. I ask what that means (individual income? wealth? etc...) and no one knows.
I used to hear that too, but have never seen a list that bears that out. One I saw recently had a neighborhood in DFW followed by a bunch of places in New York and California. I'll find the link and edit in later.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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Curse says Huntsville is listed as having the most PhDs per capita. Huntsville Living is an actual company website proclaiming Huntsville as having more PhDs and Engineers. I guess a better point to make is that Huntsville having the most PhDs or Engineers per captia is very possible. The website list that was given with all those cities named was for *male engineers per capita. The links that I provided seem to have been doctored to say real estate after every mention of Huntsville, AL, for marketing purposes.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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City-Data also lists *female engineers per capita (with similar non-HSV results). I consider the HSV claims to be urban legends / myths unless presented with information based on Census / BLS / similar data. The few areas where I've independently confirmed data presented by City-Data (crime reports from FBI, housing) have given me confidence in their information.

BTW thanks for the link to the Curse job site.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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You're welcome! It is a job site, but it also says in its advertisement for the area what you're claiming to be an urban legend. I guess I will believe what you are calling an urban legend to be true, until I get proof that I consider more credible. If its truth or a legend--it helps Huntsville either way!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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You don't consider City-Data to be credible?
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Yes, I consider City-Data to be credible!
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