3. on the other hand, new home buyers pay the highest property taxes and also have the most kids in public schools. Should local communities be sensitive to the needs of these home buyers? Like maybe allow one Asian grocery market in town?
Posted by Lies and Statistics, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Or perhaps it has to do with the fact that there are fewer unique Asian surnames. For example, if 1000 homes were sold to 998 Caucasians with different last names, but 2 with the last name "Nguyen", then a Vietnamese surname would be the most common surname even though they represent less than 1% of the total home buyers. A better statistic would simply be the percentage of homes sold to Asian buyers.
Posted by wsj, a resident of another community, on Feb 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm
I'm guessing that there is no official data on the number of homes sold to members of each ethnic group, so journalists have to make up easily computed metrics like this. On the other hand, it is kind of interesting that all 10 of the most common names are Asian-sounding names.