Freakonomics Quiz: Where Does the Harvard Class of 1989 Live Now?

My 20-year Harvard reunion just took place. I have to confess that I didn’t actually go. (I told one of the organizers that I would attend if and only if he could get Mira Sorvino to sing the Yaz song “Only You” acapella, like she did one time in the freshman dining hall 23 years ago. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t make it happen.)

On the big reunion years, Harvard sends each of us a red book containing the alumni report on what everyone is doing now. I could find nine people from my class who are famous/semi-famous/infamous. Interestingly, not one of them sent in an entry to be published in the book. Overall, about 40 percent of the people in the class sent in updates. What was most surprising about the famous people not writing in is that many of them are famous because they are writers.

The other thing that struck me as interesting and somewhat surprising was the geographic distribution of my former classmates. Let’s see whether the distribution is surprising to the blog readers by running a contest.

The first person to correctly identify the five cities in which the greatest number of my classmates currently reside wins a signed copy of Freakonomics. As a bonus, if that person correctly lists the cities in descending order of the number of my classmates who reside there, we’ll throw in some extra prize.

Note: this contest is not open to anyone who has access to the red book that contains the answer. I don’t want people looking up the answer; I want to see who can reason it out.

If no one gets the correct answer within 24 hours (which I am sure someone will, both because our blog readers always amaze me with their answers and because I’m sure there are cheaters among you), then the first person to get four out of five cities wins the prize.

Addendum: Find the answer, and the winner, here.


Michael

Boston
New York
San Francisco
Hong Kong
London

Jlhoover

Boston, New York, DC, Chicago, San Francisco

Y11

New York
Boston
Washington DC
London
Los Angeles

Mike

Los Angeles
Chicago
Boston
New York City
San Francisco

Will C

NYC
Boston
LA
Chicago
Washington DC

Becky

I'm going to say:

New York
Boston
Chicago
LA
London
Atlanta

Mostly anecdotal, as it follows the distribution of my friends from Harvard '06.

Dan

NYC
SF
Chicago
DC
Boston

David

1) Boston, 2) New York City, 3) San Francisco, 4) Washington, DC 5) Chicago

Ryan Dancey

Los Angeles
Shanghai
London
New York
San Francisco

Samuel

New Haven
Princeton
Hanover
Providence
New York

Mike

Chicago
London
New York
Paris
Boston

Eric C

In descending order:
London
Chicago
Boston
Los Angeles
New York City

jimi

Bangkok
Buenos Aires
Melbourne
New York
Guantanamo

nate

Boston
New York
Shanghai
Seoul
Houston

mab3oos

new york
Boston
DC
Chicago
Houston

Alex

Boston
New York
Minneapolis
Chicago
Los Angeles

jamescola

No one's thought of college towns!

Boston
Cambridge
New York
Providence
New Haven

prankster

Iraq
Afganistan
Pakistan

:D

Derick

I was born in 1989; can I come?

Toronto
Boston
London
Shanghai
New York

jeffreytg

New York
Boston
Miami
Chicago
London