This Saturday, the resurgent Atlanta Falcons and experienced Seattle Seahawks face off in a duel of gridiron fowl with loads of recent history.
The Falcons booted these Northwestern foes from the playoffs in 2013, and following a Super Bowl win (and loss), the Seahawks exacted revenge earlier this season, by way of cheating.
Online, both fanbases love to talk trash that plays on stereotypes. Atlantans perceive Seattleites as kilt-wearing depressives eating kale under umbrellas while fretting their West Coast mortgages. The other side pictures overweight, sweaty Southern hogs stroking shotguns while hollerin’ for someone named Bessie to empty their spittoon. But now, thanks to a study by online brokerage Owners.com, the smack-talk can have a statistical basis.
This week, Owners.com used five metrics to compare the metro regions of Atlanta and Seattle to see which is better, by and large, for homeowners. And football fans.
Their findings for each category were graded like things in elementary school were, from A+ at best, to C- at lowest.
The bad news for ATL ... the data deemed both cities fine places to live but gave the Emerald City a slight advantage. (Unfortunately, weather was not factored in). Here’s the breakdown, peppered with biased homer commentary:
Atlanta vs. Seattle NFL Infographic: Methodology, Data and Sources
• Seattle (winner): (9.3 percent) A-
• Atlanta: (7 percent) B+
Home appreciation, which took into account broad metro areas, was defined according to the change in NAR’s median sales price of single-family homes from 2015 to 2016.
• Atlanta (winner): (4.12) A-
• Seattle: (5.25) C+
This calculation used the median price of a single-family home for Metro Atlanta in 2016, according to NAR, and divided it by the average household income for Metro Atlanta families, according to Statista. And vice versa. Note: get some, Seattle.
PLACES TO WATCH THE GAME NEAR THE STADIUM:
• Seattle (winner): (21) A
• Atlanta: (9) B-
This used a three-mile radius from each team’s respective coliseum. Note: But in a decade, The Gulch will definitely be something really nice. Hopefully. Maybe.
PIZZA DELIVERY PLACES PER 10K PEOPLE:
• Atlanta (winner): (10.09) B+
• Seattle: (5.15) B
Calculated by the number of pizza joints delivering within 20 miles of the city center. Note: It’s called game-day service, not laziness.
TEAM RECORD SINCE FALCONS DESTROYED SEAHAWKS IN ‘13 PLAYOFFS:
• Seattle (winner): (56-23-1) A
• Atlanta: (42-38) C+
Note: This slanted hogwash includes the two worst seasons in recent Falcons memory, and for the Seahawks, the best seasons in, like, ever.
Not Atlanta. For now.
- I Hate Seattle [Some Southern Guy’s Blog]
- Seattle: beautiful place to visit, horrible place to live [TOTI]
- 23 Reasons NOT to Live in Seattle [Estately]