Someday I’ll Say Goodbye to Seoul. I Might Miss the Weather.

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: South Korea, Weather

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts.

I’ve been in Seoul just over a year, and I can’t stay here forever, so I’m starting to think seriously about the next city. For me, a key consideration is weather (and, you know, work and kids’ schools and such).

Seoul’s been pretty great, especially the relatively mild summers. But what can I expect from the next town? Here are the average monthly temperatures for the likely contenders. Some are warmer than others:


Or maybe one of these 269 places?

Data source: NOAA Comparative Climate Data

Charting Metro Diversity

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics

Interesting news from my favorite Texas city, according to this story the Houston Chronicle

The Houston region is now the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country, surpassing New York City.

Two suburbs – Missouri City and Pearland – have become even more diverse than the city of Houston. Other suburbs aren’t far behind.

This chart compares the demographics of cities in the Houston area: 

This chart compares the largest metro areas in the country: 

Read the full report, which compared the number of demographic groups and their relative size, here [PDF].