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WEDNESDAY, APR 19, 2017

Earth Day Data: Home Heating Fuel Trends

Earth Day Data: Home Heating Fuel Trends
To mark Earth Day, Social Explorer takes a look at trends in home heating fuels. Environmentalists have focused on energy sources and usage for decades, and the changes in fuel types offers some insight into the US's approach to home energy.    Earth Day began in 1970, so we'll compare home heating fuel types from then to the present using data from the 1970 Decennial Census and 2015 five-year American Community Survey. The following chart, built with So... more
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MONDAY, APR 10, 2017

Tax Professionals by the Numbers

Tax Professionals by the Numbers
As we countdown to Tax Day, Social Explorer takes a look at Americans dedicated to working on taxes. Detailed Census Bureau data on occupations offers a glimpse into the world of tax professionals. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana} According to the 2015 five-year ACS, there were 50,499 "Tax Examiners and Collectors and Revenue Agents" and almost the same number of "Tax Preparers" (49,183). C... more
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WEDNESDAY, APR 05, 2017

How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments

How To: Custom Inflation Adjustments
When you create your Social Explorer report, you can change the inflation adjustment year. Get started comparing money-related data from different decades in a few easy steps. By default, the dollar figures are adjusted to whatever the survey states. In this example, the 1980 Census data on Median Household Income is in 1979 dollars. Find the "Adjust $ values for inflation to:" to make the adjustment. ​Then, click the year you want to adjust the dollar figur... more
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WEDNESDAY, MAR 08, 2017

International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad

International Women's Day Then, Now and Abroad
International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global celebration of women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements. With a rich history of activism, the first marches were held over 100 years ago. Compare the distribution of the female population in the US from the early days of International Women's Day activities and the present.  Broadening to an international focus, explore the following map of the female population across di... more
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THURSDAY, FEB 02, 2017

Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance

Warm up for the Super Bowl with Social Explorer’s own Big Data Dance
Beyond game statistics, strategy and weather forecasts, true nerdy fans analyze demographics. This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will compete in Super Bowl LI. But first, they face off in the Super Data Bowl. We at Social Explorer take the opportunity to dig into data from the teams’ hometowns. For this demographic challenge, we will assess fandom, snack power, and related measures using Census and American Community Survey data. Fan St... more
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TUESDAY, DEC 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Santa's Data Workshop

Behind the Scenes of Santa's Data Workshop
Tis the season...for data. While Santa’s workshop is best known for toy production, the Demographic Research Department works year round to forecast toy demand, plan optimal sleigh routes and more. The North Pole office subscribes to Social Explorer to study population distributions and trends. Santa's demographics team, led by Mrs. Claus, tracks the kid population across the US and through the decades. To get a rough idea of the overall American Santa audience, the ... more
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MONDAY, NOV 14, 2016

2012 vs. 2016 Election Maps: Closeup on the Midwest

2012 vs. 2016 Election Maps: Closeup on the Midwest
The 2016 Presidential Election result maps are now available on Social Explorer. These and our other election data maps come from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. A closer look at the Midwest election results reveals how different counties voted in 2012 and 2016, as shown in the following pair of maps. While places like Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago stayed firmly blue both elections, neighboring areas like Racine, Columbia and Kenosha counties ch... more
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THURSDAY, NOV 03, 2016

Social Explorer Election Maps: Florida in Focus

Social Explorer Election Maps: Florida in Focus
Social Explorer users have access to a century of election data maps from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Leading up to Election Day, we are focusing on different map features. (For an overview, get started with our introductory election maps post.) With less than one week until Election Day, we take a look at Florida, a competitive (and sometimes controversial) state in recent presidential elections. The following pair of maps focuses on t... more
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WEDNESDAY, OCT 05, 2016

Social Explorer Election Maps: Top Voter Issues

Social Explorer Election Maps: Top Voter Issues
Social Explorer users have access to a century of election data maps from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Leading up to Election Day, we are focusing on different map features. (For an overview, get started with our introductory election maps post.) Users can explore election result maps alongside and socioeconomic factors. See how the election results fit into a larger context with our side-by-side maps. In this example, we'll look at variable... more
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TUESDAY, SEP 13, 2016

Social Explorer Election Maps: Competitiveness

Social Explorer Election Maps: Competitiveness
Social Explorer users have access to a century of election data maps from Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Leading up to the November election, we are focusing on different election map features. (For an overview, get started with our introductory election maps post.) Explore House of Representatives races by district from 2000 to 2014 with Social Explorer. Looking at the 2000 and 2014 maps side by side, you can see changes in the parties and margin... more
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