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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FRIDAY, JAN 31, 2014

Social Explorer's Super DATA Bowl on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show

As you prep your nachos for the Super Bowl, listen to the WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show segment comparing Denver and Seattle.  Showcasing data from Social Explorer, Brian Lehrer invited callers from the two cities to champion their cities.  The show's archive page features detailed demographic data. From the Show: Be The Coolest Person at Your Super Bowl Party With These Census Stats: Total population: 634,265 for Denver, 634,... more
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THURSDAY, JAN 30, 2014

Groundhog Day: Burrowing into Punxsutawney Phil’s Hometown Data

Every February 2nd, people across Pennsylvania and the world look to a famous rodent to answer the question—when will spring come? For over 120 years, Punxsutawney Phil Soweby ("Punxsutawney Phil" for short), has offered his predictions, based on whether he sees his shadow (indicating more winter) or not (indicating an early spring). The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887, and Phil has gone on to star in a blockbuster film, dominat... more
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Denver vs. Seattle: The Super (Data) Bowl

This Sunday, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will compete in Super Bowl XLVIII.  But first, they face off in the Super Data Bowl, hosted by Social Explorer. For this demographic challenge, we will assess the fandom, snackdom, and related measures of the teams' hometowns by using Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data. Population/Fandom: The two cities are nearly tied in population size, making fan base strength a very compet... more
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TUESDAY, DEC 17, 2013

Social Explorer and Census Bureau Collaborate on Census Explorer

Social Explorer collaborated with the Census Bureau to create Census Explorer, a new visualization project, that launches today in connection with the release of the latest American Community Survey data (the five-year file from 2008 to 2012).   Powered by Social Explorer, Census Explorer opens up data to the public through interactive maps developed by Social Explorer.  The site's easy-to-use online tools encourage users to explore demograp... more
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A Look at Detroit's Rise and Fall

Detroit’s booming car industry helped the city ascend, but now the city’s bankruptcy threatens to ruin it.  As Detroit grapples with its finances, Social Explorer examines the shifts in population and income over the past 60 years. Detroit peaked in population size at 1.8 million people in the 1950 census.  The city population has been shrinking every decade since, and Detroit is the only city to have topped the million-people mark and then fa... more
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TUESDAY, NOV 26, 2013

A Look at Native Americans on Thanksgiving Using American Community Survey Data

As millions of Americans get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, Social Explorer takes a look at the original hosts of the holiday--Native Americans. The Census Bureau reports data on the Native American and Alaska Native population as a race category.  According to the most recent data from the American Community Survey (ACS):   With 5,226,034, Native Americans and Alaska Natives made up 1.7 percent of the total US population in 2012. ... more
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TUESDAY, SEP 24, 2013

Help Resources for Using Social Explorer

Need help using Social Explorer's tools and resources?  Please visit the Help pages, which are located here.   Learn how to: Create and customize a map Save and share your projects Navigate data and surveys Create and customize a report Make a report from the map dashboard Login for premium access And more We will be adding more topics and tips on the pa... more
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