Numbers tell different story Recently, Heidi Thomas made several blatantly misleading statements regarding another person’s letter to the editor. I’d like to address a couple of those. The first, …
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Numbers tell different story
Recently, Heidi Thomas made several blatantly misleading statements regarding another person’s letter to the editor. I’d like to address a couple of those.
The first, “Forbes reports that the median annual household income in Douglas County is $99,198.” She then compares this to the statement, “$53,080 is a good salary…” from the previous letter writer. Obviously, her intent is to show how much a teacher is underpaid compared to their neighbors in DougCo. But is it true?
Being a former public and private high school math teacher, I may look at numbers differently than many people might. Let’s analyze the two numbers presented: $53,080 is an “average” salary. The $99,198 is a “median.” A median is defined as: exactly 50 percent of households make more than that and exactly 50 percent of households make less than that. It is a true middle ground. Household income is defined as all the income coming in to that house. In most cases today, that will be a dual-income household.
Based on those numbers, two “average” teachers in DougCo who are married to each other have an annual household income of $106,160. In other words, the average teacher in DougCo makes more income than over 50 percent of the people who live in Douglas County.
Think about that. Life gets more interesting when you start to analyze numbers in their true light and get behind the details into what is being said. Sometimes, the point being made is exactly wrong.
Dr. John Reeb
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