In response to the Alan Flippen’s article, “Where are the hardest places to live in the U.S.” I found obvious difficulty in the methodology that the author of the map used quantitative statistics in order to depict qualitative situation, hardship in living. As we can see in the example of Wayne County where unemployment rate, life expectancy and obesity rate are similar to Clay County, but education rate and median household income are tremendously higher. Another interesting point of how to measure the quality of living is that the healthy or wealthy living condition can not be accurate without its own contexts and environments, such as rent, tax rate or transportation cost etc. Moreover, the limitation of information are relevant in this case, the missing factors/layers might be the significant ingredient of the equation in which to conclude the best result.
Even though, using qualitative data for analyzing are not 100% accurate, but that might be the appropriate way to depict board picture in regional scale rather the reality in every single part of the massive U.S.