The Changing Qualities of New Yorkers

       I saw an interesting piece in a recent issue of New York magazine, containing the results of a survey of graduates of a high school in the Bronx.  Graduates of 2 classes – 1960 and 2011 – were given a list of 28 attributes and asked “Which of these words have others used to describe you?”  The results say a lot about our changing society: 



Honest – 65% chose this

Honest – 64%

Funny – 64%

Funny – 61%

A problem solver – 58%

Sarcastic – 55%

Outgoing – 45%

Laid-back – 48%

Family-oriented – 41%

A problem solver – 48%

A realist – 36%

A realist – 42%

A dreamer – 36%

A dreamer – 42%

A leader – 32%

Humble – 42%

Brilliant – 32%

Quiet – 42%

Sarcastic – 30%

A nerd – 36%

      So both groups seem to be honest, funny, problem-solvers, realists, dreamers, and sarcastic.  But it’s more interesting to look at the differences.  1960 grads are outgoing and family-oriented, while the 2011 grads are quiet and laid-back.  But the one I find really intriguing is that the 1960 grads are brilliant, and the 2011 grads are nerds.  But might they the same thing? 

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Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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2 Responses to “The Changing Qualities of New Yorkers”

  1. BlogCruiser Says:

    I always find stats like these interesting to analyze. Do you have the link there to the site you found the figures?

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