German newspaper Zeit Online has created a series of data visualizations investigating common preconceptions associated with people who live in urban and rural environments. The visualizations break down the German population into people who live in large cities with over 100,000 residents, medium sized cities with 20,000 to 100,000 residents, towns with 5,000 to 20,000 residents, and villages with under 5,000 residents. The visualizations show that some beliefs, such as that city dwellers are more likely to be well traveled and have lived abroad, are true, while others, such as that people in rural areas are more likely to attend church, do not have much evidence to back them up.
Comparing Urban and Rural Prejudice
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.