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I’ve been sitting on this post for a while now because I wanted to really get some time to look at the vast wealth of information — on one page — that ZIPskinny was offering.

For those who haven’t seen the site yet, ZIPskinny is basically a website that allows you to view various United States census data using neighborhood ZIP codes.

Census data is usually very cumbersome to go through because there’s so much data packed in such great detail. And as we keep moving forward, census data is just going to get that much harder to process and read.

This is where ZIPskinny comes in. Just type in a ZIP code, and data is pulled together from the 2000 US census and organized into small colorful scales and charts. It presents the information in such a way that is easy to read and thus easier to locate any specific information you may want.

In addition, ZIPskinny allows you to easily compare up to 20 different states’ ZIP codes with each other, offering a side-by-side comparison of statistical data. If that’s not enough, the site also offers a “top 100 ZIP codes” section compiled with data that you want to see, based on the area you want to view. For example, if I want to see the top 100 ZIP codes in Alabama for high school graduation rates, I can and it’s really easy.

Here’s some random stuff I dug up:

  • ZIP code 38157 in Memphis, Tennessee, is the #1 ZIP code in the United States for high school graduation rates.
  • ZIP code 23001 in Achilles, Virgina has the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line in all of the United States.
  • ZIP code 10165 in New York, NY, with a 100% white population, is the place to go if you want to meet an area with 100% 4-year college graduation degrees.
  • ZIP code 10162 on the Upper East Side of New York City, is home to the most densely populated part of Manhattan: 153,874 people per square mile. I guess those high-rise apartment buildings are doing their job.

Anyway, ZIPskinny is defintiely worth checking out just to see how your ZIP code compares to others around it and to other ZIP codes in the US.

Related: Find a US ZIP code with this handy map.