How does an urbanist decide which football team to root for in Superbowl 2013? Instinctively, I want to cheer for the 49ers who hail from San Francisco, a city renowned for it’s wonderful, walkable, mixed use neighborhoods. Then again, I’m also inclined to cheer for the team whose name – the Ravens – is derived from a poem written by one-time Baltimore resident, Edgar Allen Poe. What am I to do?
Typically, we don’t compare the central city in a large metropolitan region like San Francisco or Baltimore to a small, rural city like Geneva. In this case, however, I think it’s reasonable to make an exception. I’ve pulled together a handful of indicators from the American Community Survey to see how Geneva stacks up to these two football rivals.
If Geneva had an NFL team, it would be supported by a community that looks a lot more like Baltimore than San Francisco. For this reason, I’m going to have to go with the Ravens.
|Median age (years)||38||34||30|
|Percent bachelor’s degree or higher||51%||26%||25%|
|Percent population over 16 employed||64%||54%||52%|
|Median household income||$72,947||$40,100||$39,269|
|Median home value||$767,300||$163,700||$87,000|
|Percent of vacant housing units||10%||19%||10%|
|Language spoken at home – English only||55%||91%||88%|
|Language spoken at home – Spanish||12%||4%||8%|
Source: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates