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The Week In Data: Pizza, Priests And Cities

This is The Week in Data, our data journalism roundup. Here you’ll find the most-read FiveThirtyEight articles of the past week, as well as gems we spotted elsewhere on the Internet.


  1. Movies Are About To Get Good Again
  2. The Eagles And Ravens Are Screwed
  3. It’s Time For Drew Brees And The Saints To Break Up
  4. Scott Walker May Have Been A Terrible Candidate — Or An Unlucky One
  5. Skeptical Football: Should Marcus Mariota Book His Flight To Canton?
  6. Was The Second Debate The Beginning Of The End For Donald Trump?
  7. The Best NFL Teams Of All Time, According To Elo
  8. The Three Types Of Anne Hathaway Movies
  9. Stats Can’t Tell Us Whether Mike Trout Or Josh Donaldson Should Be MVP
  10. The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out


No pie charts: Sometimes you want it fast, fatty and dirt cheap. This interactive graphic allows you to compare three huge pizza chains across America to help you find the cheapest and closest pie. [Los Angeles Times]

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Faithful millennials: Seminary students in the U.S. are getting younger — a trend which seems all the more surprising given that the percentage of young Americans who consider themselves religiously unaffiliated has risen over the past decade. [NPR]

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Definitely brunch: A total of 38 people have been featured in The New York Times’ “Sunday Routine” so far this year. A thorough statistical analysis reveals 71 percent of these riveting individuals exercise on Sunday and 100 percent of them go to brunch. [Gawker]

More whites: After Detroit saw a small rise in the number of white residents living there, a demographer at the Brookings Institution took a closer look at the demographics of the 50 largest cities in America. He found that nearly half of them had gained a statistically significant number of white residents between 2010 and 2014. [The Washington Post]


Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.