Absolutely true place rankings

George V of the United Kingdom

George V says they'll sound even more convincing if you read them with a British accent.

You might have seen that ranking of "The 10 Most Exciting Places In New York" that was circulating Monday. It ranked Ithaca ahead of New York City. And Albany ranked #4 -- just behind Port Chester. There was much twittering. (Skeptical? Yes, we were, too. We would have guessed Albany would have ranked higher. Obviously.)

The ranking was compiled by a real estate website that seems to specialize in this sort of shareable(!), social(!) content.

Inspired by this ranking -- and in the spirit of using ironclad methodology and data (DATA!) to tease out the fundamental truths of the place we live -- we've pulled together some other interesting rankings...

Places with the most access to ice cream that can be bought concurrently with a buttered roll
Based on the places with the highest number of Stewart's Shops.

1. Albany 15
2. Schenectady 12
3. Saratoga Springs 10
4. Troy 10
5. Ballston Spa 8
6. Clifton Park 6
7. Kingston 6
8. Plattsburgh 6
9. Amsterdam 5
10. Poughkeepsie 5

Counties with the highest number of new parents who most love 20th century British monarchs
Based on the number of babies born in New York State with the names George, Edward, Albert, or Elizabeth between 2007-2012.

1. KINGS 880
2. QUEENS 739
3. NEW YORK 617
4. SUFFOLK 461
5. BRONX 405
6. NASSAU 378
8. ERIE 198
9. MONROE 141
10. ONONDAGA 124

New York counties in which bears are most likely to find themselves in a sticky situation
Based on the number of honey producers and the number of bears killed by hunters.

county / honey producers / bears taken
1. Ulster / 9 / 132
2. St. Lawrence / 6 / 77
3. Greene / 5 / 77
4. Delaware / 3 / 109
5. Chautauqua / 6 / 46
6. Sullivan / 2 / 133
7. Orange / 3 / 85
8. Steuben / 2 / 107
9. Herkimer / 4 / 31
10. Washington / 4 / 18

New York State's luckiest numbers
Based on the winning Mega Ball number from 2002 to date.

number / times drawn
1. 3 / 37
2. 36 / 37
3. 10 / 36
4. 7 / 36
5. 13 / 36
6. 34 / 34
7. 21 / 34
8. 9 / 33
9. 38 / 33
10. 15 / 32

City of Albany zippiest ZIP codes
Based on the number places to buy mustard per square mile.

ZIP / places to buy mustard per square mile
1. 12210 31.11
2. 12206 30.52
3. 12207 14.15
4. 12202 9.76
5. 12209 7.48
6. 12208 5.01
7. 12203 3.59


Ahem. While these are based on actual numbers, they're not what anyone should call actual facts (for about 10* different reasons). If you end up sharing any of these "facts," you will have proven that 1) you didn't read down to this point and 2) you probably shouldn't be allowed to use the internet.

* We made that number up. It's just a guess.

image via Wikipedia



Awesome. Someone's letting these Best Places lists get to their head.

This is brilliant, of course, but you've done it all wrong. It should take me two clicks just to get to the first piece of actual information, and then three more before I give up on actually getting to anything of consequence. Apparently that's a business model.

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