The numbers add up

The numbers add up

There are 2 comments on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette story from Dec 29, 2010, titled The numbers add up. In it, Estes Park Trail-Gazette reports that:

It`s official, the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau has finally released the census report.

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Scott Thompson

Estes Park, CO

#1 Dec 30, 2010
Great article. I love the statistics. I was especially intrigued with the real estate prices statistics since I am a real estate professional. I was surprised to see this information on a census report because I don't remember them asking me about the value of my home when I filled out my census. It was also interesting to see the numbers for 2010 before the year is even over. Didn't the census takers start collecting data in early 2010? Were the values of condos included in these numbers? What about the non-owner occupied housing units? The numbers published by The Estes Park Board of Realtors tell a much more detailed and accurate story. It makes me wonder where the rest of the numbers came from and their accuracy.
The census

Sutherland, NE

#2 Jan 3, 2011
at least the information collecting part, was finished by summer 2010. This was also the case for the 2000 census. What exactly are you complaining about? It's a comparison at a particular time, and unless conditions drastically changed between summer 2010 and December 2010 (which they didn't), I'm not sure what it matters. Not everyone was asked about housing values, but a representative segment of the population was. I wonder about the accuracy of your complaint. When you say "real estate professional", does this mean you are in some type of professional league, like the NFL? The numbers posted by the Estes Park Board of Realtors are a complete fabrication. They reveal exactly what the Board of Realtors wants them to reveal. Housing values in Estes Park have been LOWER than the surrounding communities for the past decade. There is no safety net, and Estes Park is not isolated or insulated from the general malaise. Because the population is older, houses actually sell for much less money than appraised value as people get desperate to sell because of their health or impending gangrene. Estes Park is a mountain community, and should be comparing itself to other mountain communities, not to agriculture-based economies. In that respect, Estes Park is performing near the bottom, because no one with money wants to live in a backwater swamp where the idiots refer to themselves as professionals. Why don't you move to Vail or Aspen, where your professional acumen will have you selling hot dogs at the kiddie pool?

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