Data on the Daily: Resources for a Family Move

Data on the Daily: Resources for a Family Move


We’re sharing how data affects our lifestyle decisions in a new format. Data on the Daily is a view into our quantified family life via regular (hopefully daily) posts from Data Dan or Social Lynsey. Our objective is to demonstrate the ease at which data can be accessed by anyone in order to positively impact (in efficiency and wisdom) decision making of any level of importance.

Data on the Daily

Data Resources for a Family Move

If you follow us, you know that we are in the midst of a big move to Philadelphia. Last week we sold our house within 24 hours of listing it- what up Maggie from Burns & Ellis! That was just splendid, until the panic of finding a new home set in. We immediately hit the highway up to Philly to scope out some neighborhoods. Now the goal is to find a neighborhood and property that check off all the boxes. We’ll be renting first. The aspects of the community we’re looking at closely are: schools, safety, affordability, convenience in travel and family household populations. Luckily, we live in a time where a lot of data is available publicly and Philadelphia is no exception. We have been trolling data sites like:,, and You can expect some data visualizations from these sites in the future. If you’re not familiar with the concept of open data, Wikipedia defines it as:

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.”

As a family moving to a new city, open data is a great resource for your research. Lookout Philly, the Larsons are researching the heck outta ya.



Where have you gone for the best information when researching a new neighborhood or city? Tips or tricks for the best insight into a new place? SHARE in the comments!

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