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MONDAY, JAN 25, 2016

Flint Michigan Water Crisis Demographics

Flint Michigan Water Crisis Demographics
Flint, Michigan, residents have been drinking contaminated water for over a year. In April 2014, emergency managers switched the city from the Detroit water system to Flint River as a cost saving measure until a pipeline from Lake Huron would be completed. The new water source released dangerous levels of lead from pipes and has been linked to other contaminents. Obama declared a state of emergency and several officials have resigned while others are under pressure to do so. As e... more
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TUESDAY, JAN 19, 2016

Social Explorer Shortcut: Creating a Report Using FIPS Codes

Social Explorer Shortcut: Creating a Report Using FIPS Codes
You can create a report to learn about a single geography or thousands at once. Did you know you can use Federal Information Processing Standard codes (known as FIPS codes) to help streamline the process? FIPS codes are identifiers for different geographies. For example, each county in the US has a unique five digits FIPS code assigned to it by the governmnet.  You can input one or more FIPS codes into the reports to pull up the places you wish to examine without hav... more
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WEDNESDAY, JAN 13, 2016

Saving and Sharing Reports in Social Explorer

Saving and Sharing Reports in Social Explorer
Creating custom tables in Social Explorer is quick and easy.  Did you know that you can also save and share reports with just a couple of clicks? Every report has a unique URL attached to it, which you can copy and save.  This is especially helpful if you are working on a table and then later want to go back and add or subtract geographies or particular tables.  It's also a convenient way to store a list of particular geographies or tables that you will want to revi... more
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MONDAY, JAN 04, 2016

Multivariable Maps: Creating New Comparisons and Visualizations

Multivariable Maps: Creating New Comparisons and Visualizations
Did you know that Social Explorer allows you to map multiple variables at once? Open up new opportunities to compare groups directly and visually on a single map. This blog post will guide you through mapping multiple variables in a few easy steps.  Our first map shows the white population in the New York metro area. With a few clicks, we'll add data on the black and Asian populations. To add other variables, go back to the Change Dat... more
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MONDAY, DEC 21, 2015

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop

Inside Santa's (Data) Workshop
We all know Santa is making a list and checking it twice, but few have heard that Mrs. Claus, head of the North Pole demographics team, also makes maps and reports using Social Explorer to help plan the holiday season.  Enjoy this peek into how Santa's Data Workshop helps Christmas run so smoothly (updated with the latest available data). Use the "Full Screen" option for the best viewing experience. And for the data fans on your Christmas ... more
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MONDAY, NOV 09, 2015

Veterans Day Data

Veterans Day Data
In honor of Veterans Day, Social Explorer takes a look at service men and women around the nation. As of the most recent detailed American Community Survey (2009-13), nearly one in ten adult civilians was a veteran: 21,263,779 veterans living in the US (nine percent of the adult civilian population). Click to learn more about the shifting veteran population, socioeconomic measures, disabilities, poverty and more: Parade Salute cover image from U.S. Army Flickr, Creati... more
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TUESDAY, OCT 27, 2015

Affordable Housing in NYC: Stuyvesant Town Then and Now

Affordable Housing in NYC: Stuyvesant Town Then and Now
The largest residential housing development in the US has undergone dramatic change since it was first built over sixty years ago. A new purchase will change ownership of the complex and rents for 5,000 of the units will be regulated for 20 years. Social Explorer examines the history of the complex’s residents and what the new shift means for affordable housing in New York City.   more
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TUESDAY, OCT 20, 2015

American Eyes on the Canadian Election

American Eyes on the Canadian Election
Following on Canada's national election and controversial Prime Minister race, Social Explorer takes a look at where Canadians live in America.  According to the 2009-13 American Community Survey, there were 811,109 Canadians living in America, and 707,987 people with Canadian ancestry, plus another 2,061,608 French Canadians.   Back in 1920 at the height of immigration to the US, Canadians were the fifth most common immigrant group behind Germany, Italy, Russi... more
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MONDAY, SEP 28, 2015

Get On Board the 7 Train Data Extension

Get On Board the 7 Train Data Extension
The New York City subway system opened the first new station since the 1980s. Take a ride on the data train to learn about the neighborhood with Social Explorer. more
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WEDNESDAY, SEP 02, 2015

Labor Day Data

Labor Day Data
Every September, Labor Day honors the contributions of American workers. The holiday began in the mid-1880s with local celebrations, and in 1894, the federal government declared it a national holiday. Social Explorer takes a look at America's labor force through history with a special focus on manufacturing. Best wishes for the holiday weekend. more
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