The Demography of Goats

Goat photo courtesy the Washington Post (Flickr/Bagsgroove)

Goat photo courtesy the Washington Post (Flickr/Bagsgroove)

Is that an oxymoron, since the root of the word demography is demos, meaning (common) people? Perhaps gidagraphy would be more correct?

In any case, I was reminded recently of this story, that ran in The Washington Post last January.

I am not a numbers person. Nor a measurer. Nor a keeper of statistics of any kind. And yet, this particular set of numbers fascinates me.

Go ahead and click on the map in the article. I’ll wait.


One dot equals 500 goats?? I had no idea that goats were so much a part of the American landscape.

Texas, in particular, seems to be a hotbed of goatishness.

And by the way, please note from the article: “Goats are having a moment.”


3 thoughts on “The Demography of Goats

  1. Hello! My wife and I are seasonal residents of Washington Island and really enjoyed your first novel. We are looking forward to the next installment and (hopefully?) learning more about the fate of our favorite goat, as well as the two legged characters 🙂 We are looking forward to Spring and our first trip of the new year to “the Rock”, which is always a thrill. Maybe we’ll run into you at Mann’s or the Albatross sometime! Regards, Kevin & Jacci

    BTW, did you notice the “goat dot” on Washington Island in the map?


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