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So I have numbers that range from 5 to above 50, and when I sort these from least to greatest, the numbers less than 10 are treated as higher than anything else. It also does the same when I try to symbolize by category, and treats the less than 10 numbers as higher than the actual higher integers. I am a total noob an have no idea what I am doing in QGIS or how to begin to solve this problem. Thanks for reading.

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are you sure that Qgis is seeing the number as numbers, and not as Text? – Devdatta Tengshe Jan 16 '13 at 5:26
That is, is the field a numerical field or a text field? – Fezter Jan 16 '13 at 6:12
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to make qgis know the data types in csv you can use a csvt file

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