Where smart is… (developed by Kyle Walker)

“You sure are smart, but you sure are dumb.”

dievca’s Dad meant that dievca was book smart, but had no common sense.  (uhhh, honestly her nose was in a book growing up and she was kinda, uh, spacey.)

A second comment is “smart” vs. “educated”. dievca’s grandfather came over from central Europe and went up to a 6th grade education before going to work.  He was one of the most intelligent people dievca knew. Notably, all three of his children graduated from college and two received graduate degrees (one – was a female working in the field of Chemistry in 1946).  So, is smart inherent or opportunity?

Well–whatever, dievca is living in an area with people have a similar educational background to hers. Master’s, too.

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University developed a series of interactive maps of city populations, based on education.

  • Blue dots stand for 25-500 people over the age of 25 who have received a graduate degree.
  • Green dots signify a bachelor’s degree
  • Yellow dots are some college experiences.
  • Orange dots represent a high school diploma
  • Red dots includes everything short of a high school diploma.

The difference in colors are an indication of various educational backgrounds, but may be economic indicators, as well. You see, the blue dots start to disappear around 100th Street in Harlem and the surround boroughs are a sea of green and yellow. Maybe the opportunity for education cannot be afforded.

dievca is just showing you the map of Manhattan – there are other cities represented by Walker’s work at Business Insider. San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Dallas, etc.

So, what color are you and where are you located?

And does that mean you are “smart”? or that you had the opportunity…


6 Comments on “Where smart is… (developed by Kyle Walker)”

  1. I guess I’m not on there…. I didn’t see a color key for ‘dumb as dirt’ . 😀

  2. How very interesting! Had a look at the other maps too but the uniformity of Manhattan (as well as the clear ”boundaries” where this starts breaking) is really striking!


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