Special section: Who we are

Friday, April 25, 2008 | 5:48 p.m. CDT; updated 1:17 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Three Missourian reporters and two information graphic artists analyzed pages of data to put together a portrait of who we are as Columbians.

They looked at reports from the U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Bureau of Labor Statistics; state departments that monitor health and education; and other sources to describe the average city resident.

This section is a compilation of their research and details where we live and work; how we spend our food budget; where we play; and how we vote; what we drive; and our primary causes of death. The reporters also talked to more than a dozen Columbians to illustrate the data.

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Sean Coder April 27, 2008 | 10:14 a.m.

I found this to be a story with a lot of potential, but was a little dissatisfied with some of the content. The multimedia section entitled "What We Drive" could have been more aptly entitled "How We Move" and have included at least ONE person who rides a bicycle or some form of public transportation. I found the "What We Eat" video interesting at parts but fairly bland. I really enjoyed the profile of the older gentlemen who works as a mechanic.

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