- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 10/7/2015 10:27:05 PM
@ Terry - I agree that many people prefer the idea of California. However places such as San Francisco have become a nightmare for renters and home buyers due to the incredible rents and mortgages. Some are starting to flee because you can make $100,000 a year and not be able to find a place to live.
Texas has really grown. Part of that reason is the changed George Bush Jr. made to the caculations on how much states recieve back of the federal taxes they pay. California was reduced to 68.0% and Texas was increased to 78.0%. That helped Texas and hurt California a lot.
@ Robert - I woud like to see how many people are employed by these companies by state.
- by PredictableChaos, Data Doctor
- 10/7/2015 1:45:37 PM
I think a map with the states shaded as you suggest - with a per-capita metric - would show California lagging most other states.
The scatter plot has a couple of problems.
- What is normal? - maybe could be solved by adding an average linea long the diagonal where the national per-capita number falls.
- Too many states bunched up in teh lower left corner. Solution could be a log scale to spread these out some.
- by T Sweeney, Blogger
- 10/7/2015 11:57:14 AM
Asking about ease of doing business is another good filtering question, tomsg. But maybe it could be even more simplified with a broader question of "Where would you rather live?" I'm an admittedly biased Californian, but my sense is that the talent pool is deeper and wider in California than other states, whether because of climate or other quality of life factors. Yes, it's expensive and traffic is terrible, but people keep moving here -- 38.8 million and counting.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 10/6/2015 2:35:07 PM
The map with the color binning is still the most useful and user-friendly, in my view. I puzzled over the scatter plot for maybe a minute, and didn't find it particularly helpful in gaining a quick assessment of the relationship of number of companies and population.
My suggestion would be to try a similar map approach but with a per-capita metric — perhaps companies per 100K or 1mn population?
- by tomsg, Data Doctor
- 10/5/2015 5:43:48 PM
I was slightly surprised by the map. I would have thought corporate regulations and taxes would have a mjor effect. I think these factors probably help Texas, but California is anything but business friendly and it does well. I wonder if there is a useful ease of doing business measurement?
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