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SUNDAY, APR 29, 2012

Explore American Families with Social Explorer at the USA Science and Engineering Festival!

Explore American Families with Social Explorer at the USA Science and Engineering Festival!
Social Explorer is at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC this weekend.  We're glad to be back at the sociology booth, organized and hosted by the American Sociological Association. With help from the Obamas, Justin Bieber, Nemo and Harry Potter, we investigate how American Families have changed over the past fifty years.  Come on down to our booth (#734) to explore sociology to try our activity: Science of the Modern Family: Using Sociology to explore how kids and their familie... more
by Sydney Beveridge
WEDNESDAY, OCT 05, 2011

A Look at a Few of the Librarians Behind Social Explorer's Recent Data Analysis

A Look at a Few of the Librarians Behind Social Explorer's Recent Data Analysis
Librarians love Social Explorer, and now we have 12 more reasons to love them back. As census data show, men make up a small proportion of the population of librarians, but a number of them have brought this minority into the spotlight with the publication of the Men of the Stacks calendar.   (See Zack as Mr. January at left, and Brett as Mr. March below.) This summer,  Social Explorer conducted an analysis of data on librarians, offering a picture of the profession today and outlining tre... more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, AUG 25, 2011

Viva La Data: Social Explorer and Andrew Beveridge at the Annual American Sociological Association Conference

Viva La Data: Social Explorer and Andrew Beveridge at the Annual American Sociological Association Conference
Earlier this week, Prof. Andrew Beveridge ventured to Las Vegas, Nevada, with Social Explorer in tow for the annual American Sociological Association conference.  Instead of gambling, he doubled down on demographics. Beveridge presented the paper "Regional Spotlight Session (Las Vegas). Sustainable Las Vegas? Environment, Quality of Life, and Urban Living in the 21st Century," co-written with Elena Vesselinov. Beveridge and longtime collaborator David Halle co-organized the Section on ... more
by Sydney Beveridge
MONDAY, MAY 09, 2011

Social Explorer: Over 10 Million Maps Served Since 2008

Social Explorer: Over 10 Million Maps Served Since 2008
Since January, 2008, Social Explorer users have created over 10,000,000 maps! Everyone from students to researchers to government agencies to businesses to librarians to media professionals to data enthusiasts to famous athletes to television stars to performers to holiday legends to founding fathers have helped us reach this benchmark.  And demand is on the rise! Add to the next ten million by visiting our easy-to-use mapping tool. more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, MAR 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Data from Social Explorer

Happy St. Patrick's Data from Social Explorer
On St. Patrick's Day, Social Explorer can be be your patron saint of demography.  Social Explorer has data on Irish residents back to the nation's founding.  With Social Explorer, users can see where Irish immigrants have settled and moved over the years. According to the first census in 1790, there were 11,139 Irish residents in the young nation, representing just 1.5% of the total population, which was mostly British.  During the peak immigration years in the early part of the 20th century,... more
by Sydney Beveridge
FRIDAY, MAR 11, 2011

Arizona Surges: Social Explorer Data in the New York Times

Arizona Surges: Social Explorer Data in the New York Times
This past decade, Arizona was the second fastest growing state in the nation (after Nevada), according to newly released census numbers.  In the New York Times article, "Hispanics Are Surging in Arizona," Marc Lacey reports on the boom.  Along with trends in California and Texas, the Hispanic population is driving much of the state's growth.  Yet, in Arizona that rise in the Hispanic population, though prominent, has slowed somewhat.  Graphics featuring Census and Social Explorer data accompany ... more
by Sydney Beveridge
WEDNESDAY, MAR 02, 2011

Texas Gets Grande: Social Explorer Numbers in the New York Times

Texas Gets Grande: Social Explorer Numbers in the New York Times
According to the latest census numbers, things really are bigger in Texas.  Specifically, the state experienced the nation's greatest population growth over the past decade. In the New York Times article, "Population 'Tipping Point' in Texas, as Hispanics Get Closer to Parity with Whites," James McKinley Jr. explores the increase, the demographics behind it and the implications for redistricting.  Graphics featuring Census and Social Explorer data accompany the article. A phenomenal surge ... more
by Sydney Beveridge
SUNDAY, FEB 27, 2011

Oscar Winning Data: True Grit

Oscar Winning Data: True Grit
As the Academy Awards judges total up the votes for tonight's awards ceremony, Social Explorer is tallying up Oscar night demographics. True Grit brought movie viewers into the Coen brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' tale from the American countryside.  With Social Explorer, you can venture deeper into 1870s Arkansas data. Arkansas Map 1870 In True Grit, the story's central Ross family hail from Yell County, AK a county west of Little Rock.  In 1870, the county had 8,048 residents an... more
by Sydney Beveridge
THURSDAY, FEB 24, 2011

The Rise of Red Hook, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks

The Rise of Red Hook, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks
New Yorkers and Knicks fans are celebrating the arrival of basketball phenom Carmelo Anthony.  For Anthony, it’s also a Brooklyn homecoming.  While some look at his debut game stats, Social Explorer is looking to score some data points. Since Anthony was born in 1984, we'll focus on the 1980 census data.  Locating his Brooklyn block using the find tool, we can create reports to learn more about his neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Anthony grew up in the Red Hook housing projects—one of ... more
by Sydney Beveridge
MONDAY, FEB 21, 2011

Counting Up Public Sector Workers

Counting Up Public Sector Workers
The controversy over union benefits in Wisconsin has brought great attention to the public service sector there and across the nation.  Social Explorer can help you learn about the different sectors of the workforce and how they have changed over time. The Census tracks data on employment, including sector (such as private, public, self-employed, nonprofit and unpaid home workers).  Using Social Explorer we can track public sector workers in Wisconsin and nationwide. A 2005-09 American Com... more
by Sydney Beveridge
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