I’m testing an early version of a fun and educational web site of a Boston startup called Book of Odds and naturally was interested in what the site might be able to tell me about Wellesley. First, in a nutshell, Book of Odds describes itself as: “the world’s first reference on the odds of everyday life. It is a destination where people come to learn about the things that worry or excite them, to read engaging and thoughtful articles, and to participate in a community of users that share their interests and ambitions.”
As for what I learned about Wellesley? Well, your odds of being robbed in town (2008 numbers) are 1 in 6,744. To put that in perspective, those are roughly the same odds for a female being born in the U.S. in 2008 with the name Shirley or that a person will be diagnosed with salmonellosis in a year.
The only other item I could find on Wellesley was related: The odds a person in Wellesley will be the victim of a reported violent crime in a year are 1 in 1,927. That’s similar to odds an employed person 16 or older in Wisconsin is an architect other than a landscape or naval architect.