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, 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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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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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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FRIDAY, APR 11, 2014

Tax Time and Tax Exemptions

April 15 marks tax time America, but some entities are exempt from paying the government.  Our hospitals, schools, and religious institutions can qualify for this tax exemption.  While you were filling out your tax return, Social Explorer used American Community Survey data to learn about these non-profits.  Looking at different sectors, private non-profits employ 11,387,213 people (or 8.0 percent of the employed adult population). The Census Bureau star... more
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TUESDAY, FEB 11, 2014

The Sochi Data Olympics: Russians in America (Part 2)

To help kick off the Sochi Olympics, Social Explorer showcased the Russian American population from 1980 to today (which you can explore here in Part 1).  For this next data event, Social Explorer bobsledded back to 1890 to examine early Russian immigration to the US.  The flow of Russian immigration to the United States rose from thousands to over a million per year by the early 20th Century.  This first wave included a young Irving Berli... more
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THURSDAY, FEB 06, 2014

The Sochi Data Olympics: Russians in America (Part 1)

As sports fans gear up for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Social Explorer bobsleds into data on the Russian population living in the US to add some demographic analysis to the figure skating and snowboarding events. Russians Today: The US has 2,091,793 residents with Russian ancestry, making up 0.7 percent of the nation’s population (according to the 2008-12 ACS). This makes Russia the 18th most common ancestry in the US—just below West Indian, and just above African... more
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