A wise man once said that “a little nonsense every now and then is relished by the wisest men” [1,2]. And so that’s what I present today – a little nonsense for you to chuckle over or chuck out, as you wish . The folks over at the Movoto Real Estate Blog have ranked (almost) every zip code in the US from most desirable to least desirable based on the usual set of characteristics . They came up with a nice map (see below) and a handy-dandy “How’d you do” button.
Not one to let a source of amusement lie idle, I’ve put in the zip codes for the top fourteen places that I’ve lived over the past mumbledy-some years. That gives the following results ; the ones in bold are where I still own houses for one reason or another:
|La Habra, CA||90631||9,395|
|New Orleans, LA||70116||17,957|
|Oklahoma City, OK||73129||26,515|
It is worth noting that I started off on a high note; I was born in the best zip code in the list. (And it’s been all downhill since then – just ask my folks!) And honestly, I don’t agree with a lot of the rankings. I wouldn’t live in Alexandria again on a bet. The city was crowded with terrible transportation and amazingly high prices; if I want that, I’ll live in Houston. (Oh. Wait.) And Oklahoma City is getting very short shrift; it is one of my favorite places to live. (Though having most of my family there might have something to do with that…)
So where was the “most desirable” place that you’ve ever lived? Where was the worst? Can you beat my high score?
 Chocolate geek points for the reference!
 I am listening to “The Sound of Music” while writing this (don’t judge me!). That phrase fits in perfectly and weirdly (and perfectly weirdly) with the “Do-Re-Mi” tune.
 Geek Points of Unusual Size for the reference!
 Median income, housing costs, unemployment, number of troll attacks, that sort of thing.
 One of the reasons that this sort of thing is nonsense is because those rankings aren’t static; places gentrify and become more desirable (witness Alexandria) or decay and become less desirable (witness Alexandria).