I have several names (first + last in combination) that are fairly common in the US, but I want to know how widely geographically dispersed they are. So, for example, I can search at http://names.whitepages.com/ for "Michael Jackson," and can see that there are 9,364 phonebook listings for that name across the country. But what I want to know is-- how many different phonebooks contain at least one listing for the name "Michael Jackson"? Whitepages.com only seems to break it out by state, whereas I want to know about local phone directories. Is there a way to figure this out without going through each listing by hand and examining the address data?

  • Do you care about the geography of the person for their listing or if they are in a phone book? Of course, many areas will include suburbs/MSAs in the phone book. – Mark Silverberg Jul 7 '14 at 19:11
  • Great distinction-- for this question, I actually care about the phone book as the unit. But if it's easier to focus on something like zip codes or city/town names, I would still find that useful. – Ari Jul 7 '14 at 19:49
  • thanks for the clarification. You might want to edit the question so others have a higher chance of understanding exactly what you're looking for. I'm not aware of any good set of data based on the actual printed book but wish you luck!! – Mark Silverberg Jul 7 '14 at 20:18

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