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Sitegeist: A Data-Rich Mobile App To Help You Learn About Any Neighborhood

by Adele Peters

January 8, 2013

The data comes from free APIs like Yelp, Foursquare, and the Census Bureau. It's especially interesting when you don't know an area well; I'm visiting a small town in Silicon Valley now, and was surprised to learn that though an average home here costs nearly $700,000, the average household income is only between $30,000 and $60,000. Even more fascinating (though less surprising, since it's obvious with a glance at the sidewalks around town), is the fact that only 5 percent of commuters walk, and 1 percent bike. 83 percent drive. Compare this to nearby San Francisco, where only 20 percent of commuters drive. 

Give it a try. What didn't you know about your neighborhood?

Images courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation

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