THURSDAY, AUG 29, 2013

Labor Day BBQ and Workforce Trends

As Americans get ready to celebrate Labor Day, Social Explorer takes an in depth look at different groups within the nation’s labor force.  We used the American Community Survey (2007-11) and the Census (1950 and 1990) to examine the changes in the gender and age of the working population. How many Labor Day hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers will be grilled this summer?  If the size of the labor force is a guide, there will be over 150 million.  Of ... more
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TUESDAY, JUL 16, 2013

Social Explorer's New How-To Video

As you use Social Explorer's new website and features, check out our How-To Video to help get you started. Social Explorer Video Tutorial 1: Map Basics (version 2) from Social Explorer on Vimeo. As always, if you have any feedback or questions, feel free to reach us at more
by Sydney Beveridge

TUESDAY, JUN 25, 2013

Introducing the New Social Explorer Website

As we announced earlier this month, Social Explorer has just launched a new website.   The new site is now the primary one when you visit   Since yesterday, we have increased the number of servers for the site to correct any slowness issues. For an overview of the site, visit the about page and check out the how-to video here. Social Explorer Video Tutorial 1: Map Basics (version 2) from Social Explorer on Vimeo. We are glad to... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Behind the Rise in Female Breadwinners

A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that female breadwinners are on the rise--Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. Trends in family structure, labor force participation, and income are behind this shift. Using Social Explorer’s tools, you can investigate these findings further. According to the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS), more than one in four households with children were single f... more
by Sydney Beveridge

FRIDAY, APR 05, 2013

Happy National Tartan Day: Celebrating Scottish American Data

First observed in 1997, National Tartan Day celebrates the legacy and contributions of Scottish Americans.  The annual festivities are held on April 6th, the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the 1320 Scottish Declaration of Independence. As George Bush's 2008 presidential proclamation stated, Tartan Day seeks to "celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life." Though Census data do not go back a... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, MAR 28, 2013

The Future of Same-Sex Marriage by the Numbers

This week, the Supreme Court heard two cases that could change same-sex marriage laws nationwide.  If the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are ruled illegal, same-sex couples around the nation could rush to the altar this summer. To help measure the impact of this ruling on the population, Social Explorer took a look at data on same-sex couples.  The Census and American Community Survey collect data on unmarried partners living together.  These numbers offer some insight into how man... more
by Sydney Beveridge

SUNDAY, FEB 10, 2013

Abraham Lincoln’s New Orleans Journey

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... more
by Sydney Beveridge

THURSDAY, JAN 31, 2013

Burrowing into Punxsutawney Phil’s Hometown Data

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... more
by Sydney Beveridge

TUESDAY, JAN 15, 2013

Checking in on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, with Data

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... more
by Sydney Beveridge

MONDAY, DEC 24, 2012

It's a Demographic Life: A Christmastime Look at "The Real" Bedford Falls

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... more
by Sydney Beveridge

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