Today's post will be a bit of a departure for the CFGYR, because we won't be visiting any particular cemetery.
Rather, the statistician in yours truly thought he'd share a very unscientific study he undertook using the local obit pages.
We've pretty much always had a transient population in this little corner of heaven.
I don't mean we're a region of ramblers, per se. But very few folks buried around these parts were actually born here. I wondered just what portion of the current graveyard populations were natives, and where all the other folks came from. So, over a period of 30 days, I kept a tally sheet.
342 obituaries later, I give to you this map as a graphic representation of the results. (If your eyes are as feeble as my own, you may need to double click and expand its size.)
In a nutshell, only 35 folks were actually born in the Sunshine State . . . just over 10%.
A whopping 125 made no reference to a birthplace at all! (about 39%)
78 came from Midwestern states (23%).
36 came from southern states other than Florida (about 11%)
Pennsylvania accounted for 19, the largest number of any state besides Florida. (about 6%)
The next step of this little project will be to get a hold of some old copies of the Orlando Sentinel to see how these ratios have changed over time . . .
OK, enough of the number crunching for now. We'll get back to cemetery hopping in tomorrow's post!