is, and has been, controversial. I think there’s an argument to be made for a government funded census.
Further, if the government, as an entity, collects information– for whatever reason– that information ought to be publicly available. Amazingly, the IRS keeps pretty good records of aggregate data down to the county level. I remind you of this.
I’d like to comment on the structure of the data.
The increments are not uniform. This is from the IRS web site that collects and publishes data. This is my county. Column headings are “Size of adjusted gross income by county,” and “Numbers of returns.”
|$1 under $10,000||610|
|$10,000 under $25,000||1160|
|$25,000 under $50,000||980|
|$50,000 under $75,000||540|
|$75,000 under $100,000||300|
|$100,000 under $200,000||240|
|$200,000 or more||40|
So, if we summarized these data on a bar graph with these eight categorical categories (X) by number of returns (Y), what would you think about my little county?
I’d think my county is freaking rich! But that’s because I’m not stupid.