Lyman Stone, a cotton economist who also blogs about migration, has spent a lot of time thinking about this lately. Stone created an impressive data project in May that calculated the most normal and weirdest cities in America, based on 20 different variables drawn from U.S. Census data – including the proportion of the population that is foreign born, married, working, in the armed forces, that own a car, and so on.
Hmm, “foreign born” is a determinant of weirdest. That explains a lot, in its way.
If you scroll down the story, you can also find the most normal cities in the U.S., one of which is rather close by. One can only wonder what they think of Vancouver.