SUNDAY, FEB 10, 2013
February is full of special occasions and holidays, and this Tuesday marks two of them--Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Mardi Gras. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and the famed president’s birth is celebrated every year, along with President’s Day. This year, Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday)—the day before the 40-days of Lent begin—also falls on February 12.
Social Explorer look at an intersection of these two events with related data.
One of the cities most associated with Mardi...
THURSDAY, JAN 31, 2013
Every February second, 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 (more winter) or not (an early spring).
The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887, and Phil has gone on to star in a blockbuster film, dominate the early February news cycle, and even appear on Oprah...
TUESDAY, JAN 15, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. was the legendary civil rights leader whose strong calls to end racial segregation and discrimination were central to many of the victories of the Civil Rights movement. Every January, the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the activist who made so many strides towards equality.
Social Explorer takes a look at the demographics of the legendary activist’s hometown then and now to see how it has (and has not) changed. King was born in 1929, so we...
MONDAY, DEC 24, 2012
Producer and director Frank Capra set the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life in the fictional small town of Bedford Falls, NY. The actual town of Seneca Falls, NY, claims to be Capra's inspiration. The town hosts the annual It's a Wonderful Life Festival and visitors can explore the history at the museum dedicated to the legend.
Using Social Explorer, you can explore data on Seneca County from 1940 (around the time Capra is said to have visited the town) and today, using the 2008-10 A...
FRIDAY, DEC 14, 2012
This morning, a gunman killed at least 20 children and six adults before shooting himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Speculation about the crime swirls as details about this tragedy continue to emerge.
Using detailed American Community Survey data from 2006-10, Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in Newtown. We also compared the area with Columbine, Colorado, the site of a tragic high school shooting in 1999, and Aurora, Colorado, where a movie theater shooting too...
TUESDAY, NOV 06, 2012
Today, Tuesday, November 6th, voters will determine political contests around the nation. In honor of Election Day, Social Explorer takes a closer look at one of the key swing states in the presidential race--Ohio.
With 11,536,504 residents, Ohio represents 3.7 percent of the U.S. population.
You can create an Ohio map to explore the state's population (from 2010 census data). Click around to explore more.
Using the 2010 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, you can learn ...
FRIDAY, NOV 02, 2012
As hurricane Sandy stormed through New York, a crane dangled from atop a luxury condo construction site at 157 West 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. The storm has passed, but the crane still hangs as plans to secure it are put in place before construction on the 90-story $90 million per unit building can resume.
Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in the shadow of the crane using data from the 2006-10 American Community Survey.
Over 6,200 people live in census tract 137, many of w...
FRIDAY, SEP 21, 2012
This week is Unmarried and Single Americans Week. Initially dubbed National Singles Week, the occasion was expanded to accommodate other un-partnered populations as well. For over three decades, single Americans have been recognized with their own week. The rise of living alone is also much-discussed topic, and some notable singles have also earned recognition on this blog.
In 1980 when the week was first instituted, unmarried and single Americans made up 42.7 percent of the adult populat...
FRIDAY, SEP 07, 2012
Sunday, September 9th is National Grandparents Day. First declared a holiday by President Carter in 1978, the occasion celebrates grandparents' contributions to family life and society. Using Social Explorer, we can look at the number of grandparents in the US, and their relationships with their grandchildren. Census and American Community Survey data show the role of grandparents over the past decade.
In 2000, 5,771,671 grandparents lived with their own grandchildren (under 18 years o...
SUNDAY, APR 08, 2012
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On this Passover and Easter weekend, football enthusiasts may be celebrating another holiday--the arrival of Tim Tebow. In her Newsday op-ed "Tim Tebow in the secular city," Hofstra religion Professor Julie Byrne explains that prayerful Tebow might fit right into his new town.
Tebow and the Jets -- how's that going to fly?
When it became public that Denver ...