Category Archives: Statistics

An interactive playlist of Maine’s — and every other state’s — favorite love songs

Celine Dion (Reuters photo)

Big tips of the cap here to Judy Long for noticing this neat interactive display, Tableau’s Clara Siegel for devising it and BDN maps-and-charts expert Darren Fishell for helping me hoist the thing up onto one of our own #Maine posts. (How many journalists and programmers does it take to screw in an interactive playlist? […]

Can a groundhog predict the length of winter? Depends which part of Maine you’re from

Groundhog co-handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil in front of a crowd estimated at 35,000 after Phil's annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Groundhog Day in 2013. Phil did not see his shadow signaling an early end to winter. (Reuters photo by Jason Cohn)

Every year on Feb. 2 — today — a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil climbs out of his hole on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and determines whether winter will end early or go on for six more weeks. Like most groundhogs, Phil studies long-term weather indicators — atmospheric pressures, prevailing global wind patterns, that sort of thing […]

Snow, lobsters and oceanography clubs: Character in CBS drama “Scorpion” considers moving to Maine


In the CBS science-crime drama “Scorpion,” based loosely on the life of alleged computer whiz-turned-international crime solver Walter O’Brien, one of the characters is trying to decide whether to stay with O’Brien’s team of genius heroes in Los Angeles or move across country to Portland, Maine, where there’s a school for gifted children like her […]

The 10 most affordable places to live in Maine

for sale

The finance website has mapped out the country’s most affordable places to live, comparing home buying and home ownership costs — like average property tax bills, homeowners’ insurance and mortgage payments — against median income levels and deriving a composite “affordability index.” The index doesn’t, as far as I can tell, include other costs […]