We go home to die

tombstone_message_11293Just as in the middle ages most of us don’t travel that far in our life-times. Europeans are migrating no further than they did in the 14c. according to a study of 150,00 “notable” people from Europe and the USA by a demographer at the University of Texas.

In the 14c the average distance between a person’s birthplace and gravestone was 133 miles. Now it is 237 miles.

Maximillian Schich, the art historian who carried out the research, is not surprised and says this has been known for over 200 years.

The research also identified the capitals of death and births. Some are predictable like sites of battles or concentration camps but include Rome, London, Paris, and Munich.

London has been the top “death attractor” since the 17th century due to places like the Tower of London and Tyburn Gallows.

Hollywood also attracts death, and not just in the films, with ten times more notable deaths than births.

Other cities with ports like Glasgow, Liverpool and Odessa also have more deaths than births.


One thought on “We go home to die

  1. kindadukish says:

    I understand that Burnley is a “hot spot”

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