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    Interesting VT alumni distribution numbers....

    I was researching some alumni numbers by state for a thread over on the football board and found some interesting numbers. These came from the Alumni Association's "Virginia Tech Magazine" Summer 2013 edition. Excluding Virginia, these are the top states (ie: over 1,000) by number of VT alumni:

    Maryland - 13,060
    North Carolina - 12,946
    California - 6,728
    Florida - 6,328
    Pennsylvania - 6,034
    Texas - 4,739
    Georgia - 4,464
    New Jersey - 3,817
    New York - 3,547
    Tennessee - 2,967
    Ohio - 2,366
    Colorado - 2,056
    West Virginia - 1,965
    Massachusetts - 1,852
    Washington (state) - 1,773
    Illinois - 1,579
    District of Columbia - 1,358
    Arizona - 1,212
    Connecticut - 1,179
    Alabama - 1,060
    Michigan - 1,018

    That distribution has a definite northeast flavor with 37,775 alumni coming from 11 northern states (including DC) that top 1,000 (MD,PA,NJ,NY,OH,WV,MA,IL,DC,CT,MI). Only 6 southern states have over 1,000 living alumni, for a total of 32,504 (NC,FL,TX,GA,TN,AL).

    The biggest surprise: California comes in at number 3, behind only Maryland and North Carolina.

    I would have to assume that the current student population is probably similarly distributed.

    I just thought these were interesting numbers in the context of conference affinity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Culpeper Hokie View Post
    I was researching some alumni numbers by state for a thread over on the football board and found some interesting numbers. These came from the Alumni Association's "Virginia Tech Magazine" Summer 2013 edition. Excluding Virginia, these are the top states (ie: over 1,000) by number of VT alumni:

    Maryland - 13,060
    North Carolina - 12,946
    California - 6,728
    Florida - 6,328
    Pennsylvania - 6,034
    Texas - 4,739
    Georgia - 4,464
    New Jersey - 3,817
    New York - 3,547
    Tennessee - 2,967
    Ohio - 2,366
    Colorado - 2,056
    West Virginia - 1,965
    Massachusetts - 1,852
    Washington (state) - 1,773
    Illinois - 1,579
    District of Columbia - 1,358
    Arizona - 1,212
    Connecticut - 1,179
    Alabama - 1,060
    Michigan - 1,018

    That distribution has a definite northeast flavor with 37,775 alumni coming from 11 northern states (including DC) that top 1,000 (MD,PA,NJ,NY,OH,WV,MA,IL,DC,CT,MI). Only 6 southern states have over 1,000 living alumni, for a total of 32,504 (NC,FL,TX,GA,TN,AL).

    The biggest surprise: California comes in at number 3, behind only Maryland and North Carolina.

    I would have to assume that the current student population is probably similarly distributed.

    I just thought these were interesting numbers in the context of conference affinity.
    Big surprise is where is South Carolina on the list ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Culpeper Hokie View Post
    I was researching some alumni numbers by state for a thread over on the football board and found some interesting numbers. These came from the Alumni Association's "Virginia Tech Magazine" Summer 2013 edition. Excluding Virginia, these are the top states (ie: over 1,000) by number of VT alumni:

    Maryland - 13,060
    North Carolina - 12,946
    California - 6,728
    Florida - 6,328
    Pennsylvania - 6,034
    Texas - 4,739
    Georgia - 4,464
    New Jersey - 3,817
    New York - 3,547
    Tennessee - 2,967
    Ohio - 2,366
    Colorado - 2,056
    West Virginia - 1,965
    Massachusetts - 1,852
    Washington (state) - 1,773
    Illinois - 1,579
    District of Columbia - 1,358
    Arizona - 1,212
    Connecticut - 1,179
    Alabama - 1,060
    Michigan - 1,018

    That distribution has a definite northeast flavor with 37,775 alumni coming from 11 northern states (including DC) that top 1,000 (MD,PA,NJ,NY,OH,WV,MA,IL,DC,CT,MI). Only 6 southern states have over 1,000 living alumni, for a total of 32,504 (NC,FL,TX,GA,TN,AL).

    The biggest surprise: California comes in at number 3, behind only Maryland and North Carolina.

    I would have to assume that the current student population is probably similarly distributed.

    I just thought these were interesting numbers in the context of conference affinity.

    California = Tech/Defense industry = engineers. No surprise.

    Also, I would NOT expect these to mirror student population. New Jersey and New York would be much higher on the list (and probably Delaware) because of proximity and public university limitations in those states. And California would be way, way down the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Culpeper Hokie View Post
    I was researching some alumni numbers by state for a thread over on the football board and found some interesting numbers. These came from the Alumni Association's "Virginia Tech Magazine" Summer 2013 edition. Excluding Virginia, these are the top states (ie: over 1,000) by number of VT alumni:

    Maryland - 13,060
    North Carolina - 12,946
    California - 6,728
    Florida - 6,328
    Pennsylvania - 6,034
    Texas - 4,739
    Georgia - 4,464
    New Jersey - 3,817
    New York - 3,547
    Tennessee - 2,967
    Ohio - 2,366
    Colorado - 2,056
    West Virginia - 1,965
    Massachusetts - 1,852
    Washington (state) - 1,773
    Illinois - 1,579
    District of Columbia - 1,358
    Arizona - 1,212
    Connecticut - 1,179
    Alabama - 1,060
    Michigan - 1,018

    That distribution has a definite northeast flavor with 37,775 alumni coming from 11 northern states (including DC) that top 1,000 (MD,PA,NJ,NY,OH,WV,MA,IL,DC,CT,MI). Only 6 southern states have over 1,000 living alumni, for a total of 32,504 (NC,FL,TX,GA,TN,AL).

    The biggest surprise: California comes in at number 3, behind only Maryland and North Carolina.

    I would have to assume that the current student population is probably similarly distributed.

    I just thought these were interesting numbers in the context of conference affinity.
    I think they counted me as living, so the numbers may be a little off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Hokies View Post
    California = Tech/Defense industry = engineers. No surprise.

    Also, I would NOT expect these to mirror student population. New Jersey and New York would be much higher on the list (and probably Delaware) because of proximity and public university limitations in those states. And California would be way, way down the list.
    Interesting anecdotal evidence (not that anyone cares): I attended HS in California. I think there might have been one other student from CA at the time.

    Funny story (not that anyone cares about this either): Freshman year, 5-hr Calc, Old Man Pace as Prof.

    Pace: Ms. Dickinson, I understand why you would want to escape Podunk, Pennsylvania to come to Blacksburg.
    Sarah Dickinson: Huh?
    Pace: But, Mr. King of Hokies, why ... in the hell ... did you come here from California?!?
    King of Hokies (intimidated and flustered): Wha? ... uh ... uh ... duh .....

    Cool guy Mr. Pace was, and great math professor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Culpeper Hokie View Post
    I was researching some alumni numbers by state for a thread over on the football board and found some interesting numbers. These came from the Alumni Association's "Virginia Tech Magazine" Summer 2013 edition. Excluding Virginia, these are the top states (ie: over 1,000) by number of VT alumni:

    Maryland - 13,060
    North Carolina - 12,946
    California - 6,728
    Florida - 6,328
    Pennsylvania - 6,034
    Texas - 4,739
    Georgia - 4,464
    New Jersey - 3,817
    New York - 3,547
    Tennessee - 2,967
    Ohio - 2,366
    Colorado - 2,056
    West Virginia - 1,965
    Massachusetts - 1,852
    Washington (state) - 1,773
    Illinois - 1,579
    District of Columbia - 1,358
    Arizona - 1,212
    Connecticut - 1,179
    Alabama - 1,060
    Michigan - 1,018

    That distribution has a definite northeast flavor with 37,775 alumni coming from 11 northern states (including DC) that top 1,000 (MD,PA,NJ,NY,OH,WV,MA,IL,DC,CT,MI). Only 6 southern states have over 1,000 living alumni, for a total of 32,504 (NC,FL,TX,GA,TN,AL).

    The biggest surprise: California comes in at number 3, behind only Maryland and North Carolina.

    I would have to assume that the current student population is probably similarly distributed.

    I just thought these were interesting numbers in the context of conference affinity.
    Interesting find. But I don't think there is necessarily a direct correlation to where the students are from. This just indicates where the jobs are and where students want to live after they graduate. Having said that, I do think we pull a lot students from the NE (i.e. MD, PA, NJ, NY).

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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Hokies View Post
    California = Tech/Defense industry = engineers. No surprise.

    Also, I would NOT expect these to mirror student population. New Jersey and New York would be much higher on the list (and probably Delaware) because of proximity and public university limitations in those states. And California would be way, way down the list.
    I agree with this. I think most of the CA based alums moved there for work, but are originally from the east coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokieball View Post
    I agree with this. I think most of the CA based alums moved there for work, but are originally from the east coast.
    Anecdotal evidence: I am from Roanoke, but currently live in San Diego -- and I work for the Tech/Defense Industry.

    Side note: if I had attended college in San Diego, I doubt that I would have ever finished my undergraduate degree program. Just sayin.

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    I'd use North Carolina as an example of where Alums percentage outnumbers student percentage. Due to proximity, there are a fair number of students from NC....but after graduation, Charlotte and the Research Triangle are popular job destinations for Hokies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT75 View Post
    Big surprise is where is South Carolina on the list ?
    South Carolina is probably not a vibrant job market and they are not known for having a good public school system.

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