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WEDNESDAY, DEC 04, 2013

A Look at Detroit's Rise and Fall

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

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

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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TUESDAY, SEP 10, 2013

New Social Explorer Video: Learn About the Site from Staff and Users

New Social Explorer Video: Learn About the Site from Staff and Users
Learn more about Social Explorer's tools, resources, and latest improvements from our staff and users.  Produced by our distributor Oxford University Press, this video showcases the site, featuring interviews with Social Explorer staff, feedback from users, and examples of the site in action.  Social Explorer: The Premier Demographic Online Research Tool from Oxford Academic (OUP) on Vimeo.   Social Explorer: The Premier Demog... more
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THURSDAY, AUG 29, 2013

Labor Day BBQ and Workforce Trends

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

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 beta@socialexplorer.com. more
by Sydney Beveridge
TUESDAY, JUN 25, 2013

Introducing the New Social Explorer Website

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 www.socialexplorer.com.   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

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

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

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
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