Here’s a cool tool for curious minds. ProPublica  compiles information from a number of sources and keeps a running database of how much in federal stimulus funds each county in the country has received .
According to the most recent update, from June, Champaign County  has gotten more than $256 million. That’s $1,324 per person.
For comparison, Tippecanoe County  in Indiana, the home of Purdue University and with a population a bit less than Champaign County, has received more than $190 million — $1,158 per capita.
Take a look at the rest of the Big Ten universities and see how Champaign County compares. The following are listed in the order of how much I hate each one, from least hate to most hate:
- Hennepin County, Minn.  (University of Minnesota)
- Monroe County, Ind.  (Indiana University)
- Lancaster County, Neb.  (University of Nebraska)
- Johnson County, Iowa  (University of Iowa)
- Centre County, Pa.  (Penn State)
- Ingham County, Mich.  (Michigan State University)
- Washtenaw County, Mich.  (University of Michigan)
- Dane County, Wis.  (University of Wisconsin)
- Franklin County, Ohio  (Ohio State University)
- And I'll include Cook County , home of Northwestern University, with the qualifier that it's Cook County.
The disparities in the per capita funding are interesting. It seems as though counties which enclose state capitals (Ingham, Dane, Franklin, Lancaster) receive relatively huge amounts of funding per capita. The same is true for Sangamon County, Ill.  Hennepin County, which encloses St. Paul, Minn., is the exception there.
Notice any other trends in the numbers? Let me know.