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South Korea’s (Residential) Rise: How Building Heights, Home Sizes Vary

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I never lived in a high-rise building before moving to South Korea, but now home is 35 stories above central Seoul. The view is pretty great...

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Seoul’s Steamy Summer

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I’ve been away from Seoul for much of the summer, but now that I’m back it’s impossible not to hear all the complaining — among expats...

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Comparing Air Pollution in Seoul, China, U.S.

The view from our apartment in Seoul. Some days are better than others. The air quality in Seoul — a mega city home to 70,000 taxis and 10 million residents — can get rough at times, especially for people already sensitive to pollution. It’s been an adjustment for my family, though it could be worse. We could live in Beijing or Shanghai. This chart, from a recent work collaboration with my wife, shows...

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Mapping South Korea’s Foreigners

Note: My family last year relocated to Seoul, where my wife is working as a foreign correspondent for NPR. This post is the first in an occasional series profiling the peninsula’s demographics and politics. This week I looked at the population of foreign residents in South Korea, charting national origin and geographic distribution around the country. But if you don’t live here (and even if you do) that geography can be quite difficult to...

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Where are South Korea’s Foreigners From?

Separating foreigners from the locals at a recent street festival celebrating Buddha’s birthday. I had to move across the globe, but I’ve finally cracked The One Percent. Not in wealth, of course. But I am one of about 24,000 civilian Americans living in South Korea, population 50.2 million. So that means I’m quite seriously in the minority. In my central Seoul district, for example, there are about 1,500 registered* Americans**...

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Someday I’ll Say Goodbye to Seoul. I Might Miss the Weather.

I’ve been in Seoul just over a year, and I can’t stay here forever, so I’m starting to think seriously about the next city. For me, a key consideration is weather (and, you know, work and kids’ schools and such). Seoul’s been pretty great, especially the relatively mild summers. But what can I expect from the next town? Here are the average monthly temperatures for the likely contenders. Some are...

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Charting A Sky-High Electricity Bill

What of the biggest surprises about moving to Seoul, South Korea — aside from the impenetrable language and other cultural adjustments — was the pricey cost of electricity. The monthly power bills in our high-rise apartment, which doesn’t have western-style central air conditioning, have been shockingly expensive — and not just in the summer months. In the past year the bills have totaled nearly 8 million won, or about $6,500, for power....

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