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Old 12-25-2010, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Interesting that the Atmore zip code on the list is 36503, which is nothing but the prisons. I'm not sure anyone actually lives within that zip code other than prison inmates. The actual town of Atmore is 36502. That list is misleading.
Yep, Atmore is 36502 and 36504 (PO Box's). I didn't even know the prisons had their own zip code, but that pretty much explains it. Everything north of the prisons would be 36543 (Huxford).
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I agree with everyone else. This list didn't make sense to me. They listed 3 Colorado cities, Boulder, Gunnison and CO Springs. I could probably try to understand Gunnison. It's a campers paradise. Everyone goes there to camp, but then they drive back home. (Probably to their huge houses in Boulder)

I have no idea why Boulder would be on this list other than the fact that it is a college town. But most of Boulder residents are very affluential. And the few times I've been to CO Springs, I never thought it seemed "poor" at all. Weird list that doesn't mean much if you ask me.
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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An interesting list,thank you for providing it!
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Ahem...seems the majority are not located in the South.

Could it be that a stereotype is wrong!?
A good portion of them are probably located in college towns/neighborhoods. Overall the South still is the poorest region of the country (although improved in the past generation or two - particularly states like GA and NC).
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Andover, MA appears twice - the prep school there was attended by George Bush Sr. and Jr.

Tallahassee FL, Columbia SC, Athens GA, Clemson SC, Bloomington IN, Boulder CO, Ames IA, Moorhead MN, Charlottesville VA. These are all State University towns.

West Point NY, Colo. Springs, and Annapolis MD are all home to U.S. military academies.

Charlottesville is one of the most affluent, prestigious cities around. Ch'ville, and Clemson, are highly recommended in retirement guidebooks. Hagerstown MD has a state prison.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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Like everyone else has stated, many of these zip codes have institutions(i.e.-prisons, colleges and military academies). So, that will skew the numbers greatly.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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Yeah, it's all pretty silly - most of those zip codes have just a few dozen returns to base everything from.

Ames Iowa lists the zip codes that cover campus. Of course some 20 year old college student who makes $4,000 a year doing a part time job while enrolled in school is quite a bit different than if it were some single person paying for housing making $4,000.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Andover, MA appears twice - the prep school there was attended by George Bush Sr. and Jr.
And the median family income of the town is nearly $140,000 haha.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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None in NJ.
Though the list seems a little off. It seems cherry picked if you ask me.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Yeah, it's all pretty silly - most of those zip codes have just a few dozen returns to base everything from.

Ames Iowa lists the zip codes that cover campus. Of course some 20 year old college student who makes $4,000 a year doing a part time job while enrolled in school is quite a bit different than if it were some single person paying for housing making $4,000.
Agree completely. What kind of information is provided about the poverty level of a city with 20,000 residents when one zip code has 11 returns filed?

This list is interesting but reading anything further into it, is, IMO, wrong. I don't think the IRS issued this list for any reason other than to show the bottom 100 zip codes, based on returns filed, and it can't be used for anything else. We cannot extrapolate the data of an entire city or town based on 11, or 20, or 35 returns being filed.
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