TUESDAY, AUG 19, 2014

Social Explorer at the American Sociological Association Conference


This past weekend, Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  The theme was Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals.   Beveridge presided over the session "Public Sociology," focusing on developments in the field.  He and fellow New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future editor participated in the "Hard Times in a Regional Persp... more
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SATURDAY, JUL 12, 2014

World (Data) Cup Finals


As teams and fans prepare for the final World Cup match of the tournament, Social Explorer takes a look at the ancestry groups of Germany and Argentina.  We use Census and American Community Survey data to look at these top two contending team heritages in the US, today and in prior championship years.   These two teams faced off in the World Cup finals in 1986, when Argentina won and 1990, when Germany won (called the West Germany team at the time).  Rather th... more
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THURSDAY, JUL 03, 2014

July 4th: Happy Birthday to America and Musician Bill Withers


 In addition to Independence Day, July 4th also marks the birthday of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, best known for his Grammy Award winning songs including “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Just the Two of Us."  To celebrate, Social Explorer takes a look at data from the musician’s birthplace. The youngest of six children, he was born on July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, and raised in nearby Beckley.  (The two towns were bo... more
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THURSDAY, JUL 03, 2014

Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge in the NY Times on Census Estimate Findings


The New York Times' Sam Roberts explored what the newly released Census Bureau estimates reveal about New York City's changing demographics.  He cites Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge in the article "Census Estimates Show Another Increase in New York City’s Non-Hispanic White Population."   Starting with a profile of a young white family's decision to stay in New York City, he characterizes their commitment to living in the city over the sub... more
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THURSDAY, JUN 26, 2014

New "Census Explorer: Estimate Edition" Launches


Today, the Census Bureau and Social Explorer announce the launch of Census Explorer: Estimate Edition.  This latest version of the our collaboration with the Census Bureau enables users to explore the latest population estimates for states and counties by age, race, and Hispanic origin.  (Prior editions of Census Explorer showcased American Community Survey data, transportation trends, and retail business.  Click here to visit all the Census Explorer versions.) ... more
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THURSDAY, JUN 26, 2014

World Cup Highlights: German Fans Then and Now


Today in the World Cup, USA and Germany play in the match that will determine which Group G teams advance to the next round.  While you tally up your, Social Explorer examined where people from Germany lived in the US during the first World Cup in 1930, and where they live today (to figure out which neighborhood bars would be most exciting to watch the game), using Census and American Community Survey data.   German has always been one of the largest ancestry group... more
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WEDNESDAY, JUN 18, 2014

World Cup Data Fever: Team USA's Competitors


As the World Cup begins, team USA surprised many with a victory over team Ghana.  While coaches and commentators size up the teams, soccer/data fans can size up each other.   Using Social Explorer's American Community Survey data resources and mapping tools, you can find out where people from the ancestry groups of the different teams live in the US.  For this round of World Cup fever, we are focusing on the teams in Group G (Ghana, Germany, and Portu... more
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FRIDAY, JUN 13, 2014

World Cup Celebration (and Consolation) Locations: Brazil vs. Croatia


The first World Cup soccer match led to rejoicing among those favoring the winner, Brazil, and questions about a controversial call and penalty kick among those favoring Croatia.   Following up on Social Explorer's World Cup overview, we'll dig deeper into data on individual team heritage communities in the US.   Using Social Explorer you can find where large numbers of those claiming Brazilian ancestry live (and where celebratory che... more
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FRIDAY, JUN 13, 2014

A Look at Single Dads on Father's Day


To celebrate Father's Day, Social Explorer examined data on families, focusing on the rise of single-father headed households in America.   Explore where single-father families live around the nation and down to the neighborhood level in this map of 2008-12 American Community Survey data:   Comparing Census and American Community Survey data from 1980 to 2012 reveals the changes in family households types.   Between 1980 and 20... more
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WEDNESDAY, JUN 11, 2014

World Cup Data Fever


As the World Cup kicks off with 32 teams competing for the championship, Social Explorer digs into the data field.  While hundreds of millions of soccer ("football") fans watch the tournament over the next month, we will examine the demographics of those living in the US identifying with your favorite (and rival) team nations using detailed data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (2008-12). Find out how many people of each team'... more
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