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...
MONDAY, JUL 04, 2011
To celebrate July 4th, Social Explorer is taking a break from fireworks and red, white and blue revelry to look back at an analysis we did of very early America.
A Look at the Capital on Independence Day
by Sydney Beveridge
As the United States celebrates the anniversary of its founding, using Social Explorer, I took a look at the nation’s first capital city of Philadelphia, then and now. The first Census, conducted in 1790--the early years of the United States’s history--reveals some of the...
FRIDAY, JUN 24, 2011
Updated: A vote on a marriage equality proposal happened in the closing moments of the New York State legislative session. With the bill's passage, New York would become the sixth state in the nation to allow gay marriage. Social Explorer takes a look at the potential impact.
The Census and American Community Survey collect data on same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried partners living together. These numbers offer some insight into how many co-habitating same-sex partners might consider marri...
FRIDAY, JUN 17, 2011
This Father's Day, Social Explorer would like to focus on one type of father in particular—the single father.
In 2009, there were 2,586,549 single dad households out of the total 75,530,746 family households with children. Single father households earned $34,676 (median income), which is little more than half what married couple family households made ($61,082), but almost one and a half times what single mother households make ($23,313).
Single father households are much rarer than singl...
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
According to some calendars, May 21st, 2011, is the Rapture--the day when faithful Christians will ascend to heaven while the rest of the earth's inhabitants will be left behind to endure the end of times.
With Social Explorer, believers and nonbelievers can learn about who might be saved by using the infoGROUP’s American Church List data--the most comprehensive religious membership survey of its kind. This survey data enables you to estimate how many Americans might disappear on Saturday.