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Super zip codes: U.S. rankings of 95 or more are 'super,' new score system map

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Super zip codes have people across the U.S. scrambling to look up where their county falls on a new interactive map, a score system that ranks locales based on overall education levels and household income amounts. Those with a ranking of 95 or higher are said to be living in “super” codes, notes the interesting Washington Post study. Specifics surrounding these high-ranking areas were revealed by the Sun Times this Thursday, Dec.12, 2013.

The classification of super zip codes came about due to the ranking system established by the Washington Post earlier this 2013. Cited as a featured article, it offers people to take a look at a new interactive map online that allows searchers to look up which ZIPs they want to investigate. The ranking is marked on a scale from 0 to 99, and if you’re one of the lucky few to hit the 95th percentile or higher, that means you’re living in a “super” zip code.

According to the official report from the source site: “The ranks, ranging from 0 to 99, represent the total average of each zip code’s estimated percentile rankings for median household income and for the share of adults with college degrees. Super Zips rank 95 or higher on the trending scale. This innovative approach is adapted from an accurate method often used by author Charles Murray.

To take a look at where your town or city falls on the super zip code map, you can check them out here via the Post.

“The map ultimately shows the U.S. nation's 650 Super Zips. Among them, the typical household income is $120,272, and 68 percent of adults hold college degrees. That compares with $53,962 and 27 percent for the remaining 23,925 Zips shown. Only Zips with at least 500 adults are displayed.”

Where do you fall on the map? Do you think there is any truth or important implications stemming from this income and education ranking interactive map?



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