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Sin City in the ‘Burg?
Actually, there’s good news on the sin report: It looks like most area localities score pretty low in a new rating system. County Sin Rankings shows which national localities score high on a scale of sin. Some of the area numbers seem off, so I’d caution that this is really just for fun. The site looks at community health factors, like unemployment, chlamydia rates, obesity, etc. and ranks them according to the Seven Deadly Sins (pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth).
The site is well-designed and pretty fun. You can compare your county to other counties in the state. A note: When I searched for Spotsylvania or Stafford, the counties didn’t come up. When I put in “22405″ or “22407″ the counties did show up.
The rankings’ graphic renderings show up in green to red to represent the level of sin, green is good and red is bad. Stafford County shows up mainly green, with a yellow-green in high school dropout rates (pride) and orange in obesity (gluttony). Spotsylvania shows similar rates. Fredericksburg comes in red for income disparity (greed).
The site was created by ForumOne Communications for a design contest. The disclaimer reads:
This website was created in good fun. We don’t really think your county is greedy or slothful. Our goal was show that data can be amusing and engaging while promoting good public health policy.
And Sin City? Not quite so sinful, according to the rankings. Clark County, Nevada is heavily orange. But no red.