"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

That would explain all the centenarians

Real estate agent Jim Burton buys into another popular myth:

"It's estimated there's some 500,000 Newfoundlanders that live away from Newfoundland and they're always looking back at what's happening at home, and they're being smart and investing back in their province for the day when they return."
Estimated. Passive voice. Estimated by whom?

Between 1936 and 2008, there were a total 720,014 live births in Newfoundland and Labrador. Add another 250,000 as a highball estimate for those born between 1901 and 1935 inclusive (there were 7342 live births in 1936). Then add another 7,000 born since December 31, 2008, again a highball estimate based on the 4365 born in 2008 according to preliminary figures.

That gives you just under 975,000 people born in Newfoundland and Labrador since January 1, 1901.

If there are 500,000 “Newfoundlanders” living away from Newfoundland, that means that there are only 475,000 people who were born in the province still living in it...

That is, assuming that not one person who was born in Newfoundland and Labrador since January 1, 1901, has ever died.



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