THURSDAY, AUG 25, 2011

Viva La Data: Social Explorer and Andrew Beveridge at the Annual American Sociological Association Conference


Earlier this week, Prof. Andrew Beveridge ventured to Las Vegas, Nevada, with Social Explorer in tow for the annual American Sociological Association conference.  Instead of gambling, he doubled down on demographics. Beveridge presented the paper "Regional Spotlight Session (Las Vegas). Sustainable Las Vegas? Environment, Quality of Life, and Urban Living in the 21st Century," co-written with Elena Vesselinov. Beveridge and longtime collaborator David Halle co-organized the Section on ... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, MAY 09, 2011

Social Explorer: Over 10 Million Maps Served Since 2008


Since January, 2008, Social Explorer users have created over 10,000,000 maps! Everyone from students to researchers to government agencies to businesses to librarians to media professionals to data enthusiasts to famous athletes to television stars to performers to holiday legends to founding fathers have helped us reach this benchmark.  And demand is on the rise! Add to the next ten million by visiting our easy-to-use mapping tool. more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, MAR 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Data from Social Explorer


On St. Patrick's Day, Social Explorer can be be your patron saint of demography.  Social Explorer has data on Irish residents back to the nation's founding.  With Social Explorer, users can see where Irish immigrants have settled and moved over the years. According to the first census in 1790, there were 11,139 Irish residents in the young nation, representing just 1.5% of the total population, which was mostly British.  During the peak immigration years in the early part of the 20th century,... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, MAR 11, 2011

Arizona Surges: Social Explorer Data in the New York Times


This past decade, Arizona was the second fastest growing state in the nation (after Nevada), according to newly released census numbers.  In the New York Times article, "Hispanics Are Surging in Arizona," Marc Lacey reports on the boom.  Along with trends in California and Texas, the Hispanic population is driving much of the state's growth.  Yet, in Arizona that rise in the Hispanic population, though prominent, has slowed somewhat.  Graphics featuring Census and Social Explorer data accompany ... more
by Sydney Beveridge

WEDNESDAY, MAR 02, 2011

Texas Gets Grande: Social Explorer Numbers in the New York Times


According to the latest census numbers, things really are bigger in Texas.  Specifically, the state experienced the nation's greatest population growth over the past decade. In the New York Times article, "Population 'Tipping Point' in Texas, as Hispanics Get Closer to Parity with Whites," James McKinley Jr. explores the increase, the demographics behind it and the implications for redistricting.  Graphics featuring Census and Social Explorer data accompany the article. A phenomenal surge ... more
by Sydney Beveridge

SUNDAY, FEB 27, 2011

Oscar Winning Data: True Grit


As the Academy Awards judges total up the votes for tonight's awards ceremony, Social Explorer is tallying up Oscar night demographics. True Grit brought movie viewers into the Coen brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' tale from the American countryside.  With Social Explorer, you can venture deeper into 1870s Arkansas data. Arkansas Map 1870 In True Grit, the story's central Ross family hail from Yell County, AK a county west of Little Rock.  In 1870, the county had 8,048 residents an... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, FEB 24, 2011

The Rise of Red Hook, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks


New Yorkers and Knicks fans are celebrating the arrival of basketball phenom Carmelo Anthony.  For Anthony, it’s also a Brooklyn homecoming.  While some look at his debut game stats, Social Explorer is looking to score some data points. Since Anthony was born in 1984, we'll focus on the 1980 census data.  Locating his Brooklyn block using the find tool, we can create reports to learn more about his neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Anthony grew up in the Red Hook housing projects—one of ... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, FEB 21, 2011

Counting Up Public Sector Workers


The controversy over union benefits in Wisconsin has brought great attention to the public service sector there and across the nation.  Social Explorer can help you learn about the different sectors of the workforce and how they have changed over time. The Census tracks data on employment, including sector (such as private, public, self-employed, nonprofit and unpaid home workers).  Using Social Explorer we can track public sector workers in Wisconsin and nationwide. A 2005-09 American Com... more
by Sydney Beveridge

SUNDAY, FEB 13, 2011

Make a Date with Data


If you're looking for a Valentine, let Social Explorer help you map your way to love.  Cupid crunches the numbers to make the most of his arrows, and you should too. You can look up nationwide information on the 55.6 million available men and 63.5 million available women, or take a lesson from "The Situation," and analyze the ratio of single women to single men to plan your next night out. You can use tables like the 2005-09 American Community Survey's "Sex By Marital Status By Age For The... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, FEB 04, 2011

Dipping up Super Bowl Data


This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. As fans enjoy nachos, cheers and cheese hats for the big dance, Social Explorer is prepping game day demographic data.  Instead of the NFL, we're the NDL (National Data League),  and we're bringing you AFC fans American Football Calculations. To predict how this first-time Super Bowl matchup might do, let's take a look at the teams' home cities in 2009.   Since the teams both won in the late 1990... more
by Sydney Beveridge

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