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My Kid, the Wikipedia Entry

If you want to be profiled in Wikipedia, it is better to be born in an urban place.

If you want to be profiled in Wikipedia, it is better to be born in an urban place. The classic modern measure of achievement — rating a Wikipedia entry — depends a lot on geography, according to a New York Times report.

While 1 in about 2,000 Baby Boomers were profiled in Wikipedia, this rate varies significantly depending on county of birth.

You would think that quality of school district would be a strong determining factor, but that turns out not to be the case. Two categories of counties boast high rates of Wikipedia entries — big cities and college towns — the latter are typically small cities with major universities, like Ithaca, New York, where I live.

Big cities, in the last four decades, have not been noted for their good schools. College towns do have good schools. Both performed far better than conventional, affluent suburbs — where parents often locate to provide their children with the greatest scholastic opportunity.

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