April 20th, 2003

magneto politics

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I thought someone here might find this vaguely interesting.

I figured out the rough chance for someone to have an LJ, by state. I got this number by dividing the 2002 extrapolated census data for each state by the number of LJ users that are registered for each state. While the numbers could be wildly inaccurate due to multiple journals, people not reporting which state they're in, and incorrect census numbers, they're a good base point to get an idea how common LJ members appear in each state.

For the particular demographic of people age 15 - 25, I'd expect frequencies easily three times what these numbers suggest, which would boost chances to a decent percentage, especially for some of the top scoring states.

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I find it interesting that out of the bottom ten states, almost half of them were southern states, and most of the rest were from the southwest region or that inhospitable space between the northwest and midwest of the country. These are areas not known for having major metropolitan areas or very advanced schools.

Looking at the top ten, four of them are New England states, and the vast majority of them are definitely in the northern half of the country.

Washington and Oregon being high on the list make a lot of sense, since those are the states LJ originates from. I'm tempted to guess that the thriving New England local music scene accounts for a lot of the popularity in that region, since having an LJ seems to be so incredibly popular with allxthexcoolxkids.
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