Last week’s reader poll asked, “Are you an immigrant?” It turns out that about one in four of the Borderstan readers who responded is an immigrant, 24% to be exact. More specifically, 14% of poll respondents are naturalized citizens and 10% are legal residents. In addition, 17% have at least one parent who is an immigrant.
A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants in the DC metro area at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.
Here is the breakdown from responses to our reader poll:
Are you an immigrant?
- No, native born: 58%
- No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
- Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
- Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
- No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%
Last week’s mystery city is Valparaiso, Chile—the top choice of 26% of voters in our reader poll. Kudos to the reader who clicked on the enlarged image and found the Chilean flag in the lower-right hand corner of the photo.
Of the additional eight choices in the poll, there was a tie for second place: Naples, Italy… Copenhagen, Denmark… and Halifax, Nova Scotia, each got 14% of readers’ votes.
We will have another mystery city photo tomorrow with the identify revealed on Friday.
The reader poll is still open, but the results from around 200 Borderstan readers are in on “How Do You Get to Work?” Close to one-half of our readers use human muscle to commute, either by walking (39%) or cycling (6%). One-third (34%) use some combination of Metro—bus, subway or a combination thereof. Only 13% drive a car to work and 3% work at home. Full results below.
- Walk: 39%
- Metro (subway): 20%
- Car: 13%
- Bus: 12%
- Bicycle: 6%
- I work at home: 3%
- Bus and metro combo: 2%
- Scooter or motorcycle: 1%
- Commuter train: 1%
- Other: 1%
We ran a reader opinion poll last Wednesday, “Poll: Grade DC’s Snow Removal Efforts this Winter.” We asked readers to grade the city’s snow removal efforts for the entire winter:
How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse.
A total of 129 readers responded. The city got Excellent or Good marks from 34% of readers while 41% gave Poor/Failing marks. In the middle were 25% of readers who gave the DC government a fair mark for snow removal efforts. Here is how Borderstan readers graded the effort:
- A/Excellent – 8%
- B/Good – 26%
- C/Fair – 26%
- D/Poor – 25%
- F/Fail – 15%
What, you ask, do the Oscars have to do with our neighborhood or DC? Technically, nothing. But, we’re doing a few postings on the 82nd Annual Academy Awards this Sunday because:
- The Academy Awards are fun.
- Washington, DC, is sometimes referred to as Hollywood on the Potomac.
- Sometimes—not very charitably—DC is referred to as as “Hollywood for ugly people.”
- Kal Penn lives in Borderstan.
So, let’s see how Borderstan readers do in predicting the Best Picture winner. Before casting your vote, be sure to check out what Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan has to say about this year’s 10 nominees (yes, Mary really does live in Borderstan). On Saturday, you will be able to vote for Best Actor and Best Actress here at Borderstan.
Vote for Best Picture below the fold.
How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse. Be sure to check out the photos that Borderstan readers contributed via Flickr in our Snowpocalypse Gallery.
Note: We ran a similar poll in early February and you can view the results. You may vote in this poll even if you voted in the first one.
Our opinion poll on the city’s snow removal efforts is still open. We posted it before last night’s snow.
While it did snow last night, it did not snow enough to earn you a free day off from work. The federal government is open, with the unscheduled leave policy in effect—you will have to take a vacation day if you want to stay home.
The DC Government and schools are open for business on regular schedule.
We have hard two bigger than usual snowstorms this winter, one right before Christmas and one this past weekend. How would you grade the DC government’s response in terms of snow removal from the streets?