Because of the jobs I’ve had and what I studied, many of the friends I’ve made have spent plenty of time shuttling up and down Interstate 95 between New York City and Washington, DC.
It was no surprise then, that I saw the following Washington Post article posted multiple times today in my Facebook and Twitter feeds:
Exclamation points added by me, for effect. (Source: Hedgpeth, Dana. Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2014)
So, a couple things about that headline.
Less importantly, they’re not actually saying that it’s more expensive to live in either, but rather that average spending is higher, implying that some people in each city choose more expensive options than they necessarily have to.
Nit-picky, I know. Let’s move on.
Far more importantly, they’re saying that average spending is more in the D.C. metropolitan area than the New York metropolitan area — or even more accurately, than the New York–Newark, NY–NJ–CT–PA Combined Statistical Area.
Per Wikipedia, here are all the counties that make up our fair CSA:
Notably, this includes the borough of Bantam, CT — per capita income $18,442 — which would be a three-hour drive from Wall St. It also includes Mercer and Ocean Counties in NJ, and multiple counties in PA — all of which cheer for the Phillies when they play the Yankees:
Anyhow, I’m not saying that there isn’t some way that they’re technically correct.
But maybe they’re implying something — or at least, we’re inferring something — that’s not true.
Be careful with data, people. And have a great day 🙂