I was interested enough in the inset on the top ten SuperZIPs in the U. S. in Charles Murray’s troubling op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on how divided America has become to do a little further probing. SuperZIP is Dr. Murray’s characterization of ZIP Codes where residents score in the 95th through the 99th percentile in both income and education. As it turns out the #1 and #2 SuperZIPs are on the North Shore of Chicago: Glencoe and Kenilworth.
Let’s look at both of these Chicago suburbs a little more closely. Both are nearly completely residential, i.e. the people who live there work somewhere else. But it is their demographics that is most interesting. Both are overwhelmingly white (90% or more—Kenilworth is 96% white), overwhelmingly native born (Glencoe is 90% or more native born, mostly born in Illinois), more religious than the U. S. as a whole, and those who are affiliated with a religious organization are overwhelmingly Christian and preponderantly Roman Catholic.
In both town the majority work either in finance or insurance or are lawyers. The overwhelming majority have graduated from high school, most have college degrees, nearly half have masters degrees or professional degrees. They are overwhelmingly heterosexual (to the extent that these things can be determined) and married.
The crime rates in both towns are extremely low.
The message would appear to be that, if you aspire to live in either Glencoe or Kenilworth, be born a white Catholic lawyer in Illinois.
I may well get another post from Murray’s op-ed.