Mint Data aggregates anonymous spending data from Mint’s users to give you realtime insight on what people are spending on across the country. For example, the platform lists the most popular restaurants in San Francisco (by visits), the top shopping spots in New York City (by highest average spend), and the highest spending cities in the U.S.
In terms of actual regional data, you can choose from 300 cities in the U.S. to compare spending. And Mint.com users can compare their own personal finance and spending habits by category or merchant against averages in their area, or against the national average.
As a consumer product, this data is pretty fascinating, and a great way to get a little more insight as to how your spending stacks up against the rest of the consumers in your city or at a particular store.
As a Mint user I am not sure how I feel about this... But looking at it as a data source I am surprised Mint is making this a public service when companies pay millions for this kind of information.
How do your expenses stack up against the trends? $4,767 in expenses every month? $5.39 at Starbucks? $344.22 at Apple?
What other public data trackers are out there that you find interesting? Do you find the log of an individual i.e. The Quantified Self more interesting than the trends generated by millions?