Ok, so one of the considerations in the housing economy is the quality of life that the surrounding areas provide. Kansas State came up with a new way to view a market area.

But a word of caution – this is a precision party trick — rigorous mapping of ridiculous data. But hey, it’s fun.

Seven Deadly Sins Nationwide with “Hot Spots”

By culling statistics from nationwide databanks of things like sexually transmitted disease infection rates (lust) or killings per capita (wrath), the researchers came up with a sin index.

The darker a county is on the map, the more evil it is.

Lust – sexually transmitted disease infection rates

Gluttony – counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita

Greed – comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line

Sloth – comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment

Wrath – killings per capita

Envy – using the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars

Pride – combined all data from the six other sins and averaged it into an overview of all evil (see top of post)

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