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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Happy Bike to Work Week: Social Explorer Profiles Commuting in America

Happy Bike to Work Week: Social Explorer Profiles Commuting in America
Celebrate Bike to Work Week by learning all about how Americans get to work in our new Social Explorer activity. Commuters spend substantial portions of their days traveling to and from work. From cars to bikes, minutes to hours, and neighborhood to neighborhood, these trips range widely, as we examine using census data from the Census and American Community Survey. Browse maps, charts and multimedia to explore commutes around the nation and in your own n... more
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THURSDAY, MAY 07, 2015

Mother's Day Data

Mother's Day Data
In honor of Mother's Day, Social Explorer takes a look at parents and families across the U.S. and over time. more
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THURSDAY, APR 23, 2015

Armenian and Turkish Americans 100 Years After the Genocide

Armenian and Turkish Americans 100 Years After the Genocide
The Armenian Genocide began 100 years ago when the Ottoman government began a targeted extermination of Armenians, resulting in as many as 1.5 million casualties in the territory that would become modern day Turkey.   A century later, Social Explorer examines where Armenian and Turkish immigrants settled in America. There are 470,904 U.S. residents claiming Armenian ancestry and 193,615 claiming Turkish ancestry.  Each group makes up just a tiny percent of the nati... more
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WEDNESDAY, JAN 28, 2015

Super Data Bowl 2015

Super Data Bowl 2015
When gearing up for the Super Bowl, some might analyze player statistics, game strategy, or even weather predictions (which have been proven to vary).  Instead, we at Social Explorer take the opportunity to dig into the demographics behind the team hometowns.   Check out the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Data Bowl. Click here for last year's writeup of the Seahawks vs. the Broncos. more
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SUNDAY, JAN 18, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Hometown 70 Years Later

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Hometown 70 Years Later
Today, the US celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the legendary civil rights leader.  To mark the occasion, Social Explorer examined data about King's hometown from his childhood and today.  Where the movie Selma put a spotlight on the civil rights stories stories, and exploring the data adds to the story.   more
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TUESDAY, DEC 23, 2014

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop
We all know Santa is making a list and checking it twice, but few have heard that Mrs. Claus, head of the North Pole demographics team, also makes maps and reports using Social Explorer to help plan the holiday season.  Enjoy this peek into how Santa's Data Workshop helps Christmas run so smoothly. Happy Holidays from Social Explorer! more
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SATURDAY, JUL 12, 2014

World (Data) Cup Finals

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

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, JUN 26, 2014

World Cup Highlights: German Fans Then and Now

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

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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