Report author James Murphy said, “places like Stanford are incredibly good at propelling students from the bottom of the income spectrum in America to the top. The problem is that not nearly enough low income students are getting that opportunity.”
The study looked at Zillow single-family housing data such as lot size, home value and number of rooms, in addition to government water use billing data. By analyzing these infrastructure qualities in combination with the presence of smart water meters and modern plumbing systems, the researchers were able to overlay water usage findings with demographic data such as income, race, education and age from the US Census Bureau.
Now, just weeks into the seven-week winter break that began on Nov. 21, international students like Alici face the unique decision of whether to return to their home countries and risk spreading the coronavirus, or to spend the holiday season on campus, away from home and family.