The city of Edmonton is very statistician-friendly. As well as having the marvelous open-data catalogue, they also have detailed data sheets on every single one of Edmonton's neighborhoods.
Instead of having a big preamble about how much I like Sim City, I figured I'd just jump right into what I ended up doing with Edmonton's stats. Each of the following maps is based on one of the stats collected, and show some pretty cool patterns. (Note: for all maps apart from road conditions, red indicates high values and blue indicates low values)
1. Household Income
2. Property Assessment Value
3. Road and Sidewalk Conditions
The map for road conditions shows a non-surprising trend where the roads in the outside of the city (the newest roads) are in the best condition, and the roads on the inside are quite a bit worse. Every now and then, though, an inside neighborhood has particularly good road conditions, likely the result of recent work to fix a problematic area. Note: these values are from 2010 data, so if you feel your neighborhood isn't quite as shown in the picture, it's not my fault.
Unlike the previous maps, the rate of hospitalizations in Edmonton isn't quite so territorial. Most of the city is sitting comfortable around the average, with a notable exception being immediately north-east of downtown (and one bad neighborhood in Mill Woods).
5. People Older than 20 without Grade 9 Education
This stat correlates very highly with property values and average household income, which makes sense in a way. It's very interesting to see it laid out like this on a map, and I'll leave you to your own conclusions about the ties between wealth and education are.
2010 Edmonton unemployment was actually fairly impressive. Neighborhood data ranged from 0% to 7.46%, but with an average of 2.69%.
Certainly a lot of the rich areas have tremendously low unemployment, but the rest of the city appears to vary from the average only in certain neighborhoods downtown, with poorer neighborhoods alternating sometimes from high to low unemployment over a distance of only a couple blocks.
I purposefully didn't include statistics that weren't averages or normalized, because though comparing the number of violent crimes between neighborhoods would also have made for a cool map, the differences in size and population would have made straight comparison a bit more difficult. I also excluded rent costs because those were based on 2006 census data, and they were so low compared to today they almost made me cry.
Best place to live: Donsdale
Worst place to live: McCauley
The average Edmonton experience: Keheewin
Silliest name: Gariepy (Gary-Epi? Gary-Pee? Silly Gary...)
Least original name: Anything with "West" in it.