WEDNESDAY, DEC 04, 2013

A Look at Detroit's Rise and Fall


Detroit’s booming car industry helped the city ascend, but now the city’s bankruptcy threatens to ruin it.  As Detroit grapples with its finances, Social Explorer examines the shifts in population and income over the past 60 years. Detroit peaked in population size at 1.8 million people in the 1950 census.  The city population has been shrinking every decade since, and Detroit is the only city to have topped the million-people mark and then fa... more
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WEDNESDAY, NOV 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Social Explorer (and Cher)


To celebrate the holiday, Social Explorer is reprising last year's Thanksgiving post.  Enjoy the data and holiday. Counting Native Americans: Census Terminology and History (plus Cher) by Sydney Beveridge On Thanksgiving, Social Explorer is taking a look at the site of the first famous feast—Plymouth County, MA.  Here, as legend has it, pilgrims from England and local Wampanoag Indians first dined together in 1621. Whether “Civilized Indians,” “Half-breeds,” “American Indians” or absent, S... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, NOV 11, 2011

Veterans Day Data


On Veterans Day we honor those who served in the US armed forces.  Social Explorer took a look at the most recent American Community Survey data to see learn more about veterans in the US. In 2010, there were 21,798,077 veterans, representing 9.3 percent of the adult civilian population.  By comparison, in 1970, 21.1 percent of the adult civilian population had served. The American Community Survey also details veteran status by war fought. Subscribers can explore this map to see wh... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, OCT 07, 2011

Columbus Day in the Bahamas


In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  Before ever reaching the Americas, on his first voyage he landed in the Bahamas. With Columbus Day approaching, Social Explorer is taking a look at Bahamians in the US. In 1880, the Census reported that there were 9,484 West Indians living in the U.S. (0.02 percent of the total population).  Today, according to the 2010 American Community Survey, there are 2,375,201 West Indians in the U.S. (people who claimed West Indian as their first reported... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, JUL 04, 2011

From the Archive: A Look at the Capital on Independence Day


To celebrate July 4th, Social Explorer is taking a break from fireworks and red, white and blue revelry to look back at an analysis we did of very early America. A Look at the Capital on Independence Day by Sydney Beveridge As the United States celebrates the anniversary of its founding, using Social Explorer, I took a look at the nation’s first capital city of Philadelphia, then and now.  The first Census, conducted in 1790--the early years of the United States’s history--reveals some of the... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, NOV 25, 2010

Counting Native Americans: Census Terminology and History (plus Cher)


On Thanksgiving, Social Explorer is taking a look at the site of the first famous feast—Plymouth County, MA.  Here, as legend has it, pilgrims from England and local Wampanoag Indians first dined together in 1621. Whether “Civilized Indians,” “Half-breeds,” “American Indians” or absent, Social Explorer can give you insight into how the census counted and categorized Native Americans over the decades. Historical demographic data reveal that Native Americans were not counted for the first 60... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, NOV 25, 2010

Counting Native Americans: Census Terminology and History (plus Cher)


On Thanksgiving, Social Explorer is taking a look at the site of the first famous feast—Plymouth County, MA.  Here, as legend has it, pilgrims from England and local Wampanoag Indians first dined together in 1621. Whether “Civilized Indians,” “Half-breeds,” “American Indians” or absent, Social Explorer can give you insight into how the census counted and categorized Native Americans over the decades. Historical demographic data reveal tha... more
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SATURDAY, AUG 15, 2009

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge Provided Expert Testimony for Landmark Housing Segregation Case


A federal district court ruling will compel Westchester County to address housing segregation.  Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge provided expert testimony for reports and depositions. As stated in the New York Times article covering the case, Beveridge found that, “racial isolation is increasing for blacks, falling slightly for whites” and that “income level has very little impact on the degree of residential racial segregation experienced by African-Americans.” Sam Roberts wrote that, "... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, AUG 14, 2009

The First Census: The Dawn of American Data


Shortly after founding the United States, the framers wanted to count up who was in it. At the second session of the first congress, representatives created the Census, and five months later, the counting began. Specifically, the government sought population data to decide how to allocate political power and money. The Constitution states “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Num... more
by Sydney Beveridge