THURSDAY, MAR 15, 2012
While Irish eyes are smiling on St. Patrick's Day, many Finns are already celebrating St. Urho's Day. The holiday was first celebrated in Minnesota on March 16th, which happens to be just before St. Patrick's Day.
It honors the legendary Urho, the patron saint of vineyard workers. As the story goes, he saved the grape crop from a grasshopper infestation with his horrible breath as he yelled, "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" (Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!)
MONDAY, FEB 13, 2012
Cupid scours a trove of demographic data to guide his arrows. This Valentine's Day, let Social Explorer help you map your way to love.
Social Explorer's online tools help you look up information on the 57.5 million available men and 64.2 million available women across the nation.* These bachelors and bachelorettes can be sorted by age group, geography and more as you develop your demographic dating plan.
For instance, Donald Demographics wants to know where the single ladies are. Us...
THURSDAY, DEC 22, 2011
Ever since his workshop signed up for a subscription, Santa has been a fan of Social Explorer. This very moment, he's making his map...checking it twice.
With the latest Census data, he can figure out how many occupied homes there are in the US (116,716,292 units) and where they're located.
Occupied Homes Along Santa's Route (2010 Census)
As he plans out his presents, Santa will surely want to know where children live. With just a few clicks (and without stirring a single mouse), he can...
FRIDAY, OCT 28, 2011
As we approach Halloween, ghosts and trick or treaters alike might wonder where the most ghoulish celebrations will be.
Social Explorer’s tools allow them to examine data on religious cults and sects. With data from the 2009 Religious Data Survey (from the Association of Religion Data Archives), users can research where cult and sect members worship and plan their haunting and candy routes accordingly.
According to the data, there are 25 such congregations in the US, reporting 7,637 membe...
WEDNESDAY, OCT 26, 2011
With the Occupy Wall Street protest bringing attention to "the other 99 percent," the spotlight has also turned to the wealthiest Americans. In the New York Times article "As the Data Show, There’s a Reason the Wall Street Protesters Chose New York," Sam Roberts explains that "the megarich hold more of the nation’s wealth and collect more of the overall income today than at any time since right before the Great Depression." He cites Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge:
Certainly, the protest...
FRIDAY, OCT 14, 2011
New Hampshire may move its primary to December from January to get ahead of other states. As the presidential election seasons begins to go into high gear, commentators once again note how unrepresentative the early states are, especially New Hampshire and Iowa.
Because New Hampshire has an open primary—allowing people from all party affiliations to vote—the demographics of the state more closely represent the demographics of potential voters. Various commentators have speculated on how the...
WEDNESDAY, SEP 14, 2011
With the new school year approaching, Social Explorer is taking a closer look at education data today and over the years. In this installment, we are looking at the rise of high school and college education through the decades.
Some of the earliest detailed census data on education came from 1850 when the census reported information about school attendance. For many decades, the census focused on literacy rates, which we discussed in part two of the back to school series.
By the mid-1900...
TUESDAY, AUG 16, 2011
With the new school year approaching, Social Explorer is taking a closer look at education data today and over the years.
The most recent available data (from the 2009 American Community Survey) reveal education levels and distinctions among groups, as well as the correlations between educational attainment, income and employment.
Lesson 1: Education helps with employment.
Civilian Employment Rate by Educational Attainment (25 to 64 years old)
It’s a tough job market out there for ever...
FRIDAY, AUG 05, 2011
Under pressure from an eviction lawsuit, actress Faye Dunaway recently vacated her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment. Her landlord argued that she lived in California, not Manhattan, and therefore was not entitled to the rent-stabilized lease.
Social Explorer wanted to find out how her monthly rent of $1,048.72 compared with what others pay.
Looking at the 2005-09 American Community Survey data on rent, Dunaway was indeed getting a bargain.
Assuming a three percent annual rent ...
MONDAY, JUL 18, 2011
Los Angeles commuters were in a tizzy as the city shut down the freeway for much-needed bridge repairs. In a city known for its car-centric culture, the driving interruption inspired a race from Burbank to Long Beach between a JetBlue passenger, a bicyclist and a public transit rider. The bike won and the metro came in second. The airplane came in third, though some say a roller blader squeaked across the finish line before it.
Using the 2009 American Community Survey, Social Explorer look...