Anti-Parris/Salem Village:


1681 Mean Tax Ratio 1681 Median Tax Ratio
Anti-Parris 62.89 1.48 Anti-Parris 51.00 1.70
Salem Village 42.47 Salem Village 30.00
1690 Mean Tax Ratio 1690 Median Tax Ratio
Anti-Parris 15.82 1.19 Anti-Parris 14.00 1.75
Salem Village 13.24 Salem Village 8.00
Anti-Parris and Salem Village Tax Ratios 1681-1690

Comparing the average and median anti-Parris taxes in 1681 and 1690 with those of Salem Village yields similar ambiguous results as with the pro-Parris group. The anti-Parris average tax ratio declined during the 1690s while the median tax ratio, which mitigates extreme cases, increased. There is not unambiguous evidence that the anti-Parris group's fortunes were rising throughout the decade before the witchcraft outbreak, though regardless of the measure, they remained better off than the village as a whole. (As with the pro-Parris data, the discrepancy between the anti-Parris mean and median trends might be attributable to the fact that some different anti-Parris names appear on the two lists; thus, we are comparing somewhat different lists. By comparing the names and corresponding taxes of the anti-Parris members of both tax lists, users will note, for example, the addition of a number of poorer taxpayers on the 1690 list who may have driven down the average.)

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