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 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


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

FRIDAY, DEC 14, 2012

Newtown, Connecticut: A Demographic Profile of the Shooting Site


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... more
by Sydney Beveridge

TUESDAY, NOV 06, 2012

Election Day Demograpics: As Goes Ohio, So Goes the Nation


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 ... more
by Sydney Beveridge

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